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Words by Nora Haas

'Caring Matters' Panel: Healing Materialities

Thinking about nourishing

"We should be thinking about museums, not [to be] protecting themselves for their own historical grandeur. They should be protecting themselves to be places of intergenerational transfer, that are not sending down more trauma through the generations." (Puawai Cairns)

Slide from the presentation "I don't belong here: indigenous practices in museums" by Puawai Cairns, Te Papa Director of Audience and Insights, for the Taking Care Project 'Caring Matters' Conference on the 24th of September 2020, © Puawai Cairns

Rewatch the final panel on 'Healing Materialities' with Puawai Cairns (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pūkenga) Director of Audience and Insights at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa here.

"This panel  engages how ethnographic museums, with their violent histories, can, or rather must, learn to better care, by  honoring the histories and ongoing aftermaths of such pain."