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Keywords:

  • indigenous peoples;
  • land rights;
  • museum displays

Huichol Indians from western Mexico have contributed on various levels to exhibits about their culture, history and territoriality in Mexico's Museo Nacional de Antropología and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. The article compares these projects and their precursors since the 1930s in terms of changing modalities of institutional power, clientelism and indigenous agency. It also links this history to revalorizations of ethnic art and changing representations of culture and territory in legal claims. As Huichols engage new regional and global publics in these diverse contexts, they rework received images of sovereignty and the national space.