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We Are Coming Home: Repatriation and the Restoration of Blackfoot Cultural ConfidenceGerald T. Conaty
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We Are Coming Home is the story of a highly complex process of the repatriation of First Nations sacred objects to Indigenous communities in Canada, focused on the efforts of Glenbow Museum curator Gerald Conaty, as described by those intimately involved in the work, notably the Piikani, Siksika, and Kainai elders who provided essential oversight and guidance. We also hear from the repatriating instiution's president and CEO at the time and from an archaeologist then employed at the Provincial Museum of Alberta who provides an insider's view of the drafting of Canada's only repatriation legislation. These accounts are framed by Conaty's reflections on the impact of museums on First Nations, on the history and culture of the Niitsitapi, or Blackfoot, and on the path forward. With Conaty's passing in August of 2013, this book is also a tribute to his enduring relationships with the Blackfoot, to his rich and exemplary career, and to his commitment to innovation and mindful museum practice.