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Interpretation: Liberating the Narrative
Written by A. Anderson, A. Rogers, E. Potter, E. Cook, K. Gardner, M. Murawski, S. Anila, A. Machida
This chapter begins by discussing the role of interpretation as institutional voice. The authors make the point that interpretation is a system of communicating the museum’s values and narratives to visitors and other stakeholders. The chapter suggests four strategies in advancing and decolonizing institution interpretation: liberating Interpretation, inviting multiple voices, honoring lived experiences, and attending to absences. Each of these strategies involve decentering the institution as the authoritative voice and looking for ways to include the voices of those previously marginalized, oppressed or absent in traditional interpretation.
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