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“WHITE PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE ANYTHING!” Worrying about Authenticity, Museum Audiences, and Working in Native American–Focused Museums

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The core argument of this opinion is that in museums focused on Native Americans, staff members must abandon colonial and stereotypic views about Native Americans. They also must challenge notions commonly held by Indians and non-Indians that only Indians can provide authentic information about Indians. Museums can accomplish this by presenting cultural realities that are multithreaded, multivocal, and complicated.

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