Museums, culture, and development
In the previous two chapters, I demonstrated how indigenous communities are using museums and cultural centers to help reclaim and preserve their cultural heritage. Often times, these museums build upon earlier traditions concerned with the protection and transmission of culture. Another important distinguishing feature of these museums is how they are expanding conventional museum functions to encompass overall community development. In many cases, the goal is to maintain the integrity of the community as a whole and improve social and economic conditions through a culture-based approach to community development.