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FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH will precede and follow the presentations. A full Â
schedule follows below. I hope to see many of you at some part of the events
on Friday!

INVITATION AND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Please join the Space and Place Collaborative for a day-long symposium
entitled 'Heritage Sites/Political Spaces: Rethinking Belonging', which
will take place next Friday, April 6, in Nolte Library. Our presenters
include:

Huhana Smith, Senior Curator Mäori, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa
Tongarewa, Aotearoa New Zealand, and visual artist

Talya Chalef, South African and Australian visual and site-specific artist

Ciraj Rassool, District Six Museum Trustee, Professor of History at
University of Western Cape Town, South Africa

Brenda Child, Associate Professor of American Studies, UMN


If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Cecilia
Aldarondo ASAP at aldar002@umn.edu.

Sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies, Department of English,
Department of Geography, Department of Anthropology, Department of American
Studies, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

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Symposium Schedule and Abstracts:

9:30-10:00 Continental Breakfast

10-12: Session One: Presentations by Huhana Smith and Talya Chalef;
discussant Margaret Werry; chaired by Sonja Kuftinec

12-1: Catered lunch

1-3: Session Two: Presentations by Ciraj Rassool, Brenda Child, Carly
Beane, Kate Beane, and Scott Shoemaker; discussant and chair Megan Lewis

3:00-3:30: Refreshment break

3:30-5:00: Discussion roundtable (with presenters and discussants) chaired
by Karen Till

5:00-6:00: Closing reception


SESSION ONE: 10am -12 noon

Huhana Smith, Senior Curator Mäori, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa
Tongarewa, Aotearoa New Zealand, and visual artist, will talk about a
Mäori-led natural heritage initiative that uses local knowledge based on
intimate, physical, inter-generational and spiritual interfaces with lands,
water and resources to undertake ecosystem restoration.

This talk investigates the multidimensionality of an iwi and hapü-led
initiative in active kaitiakitanga or guardianship of natural resources.
The project is based on local Mäori knowledge that comes from talking about
place, observing place and developing place in a detailed way, in order to
highlight how interactions with resources and the natural environment were
prerequisites for maintaining place and its customary knowledge rights.
Aspects of revitalised local knowledge underpinned restoration planning and
projects on tribal lands, especially for wetlands and lower reaches of
river systems to sea.

Huhana Smith (Ngäti Tukorehe, Ngäti Raukawa) is Senior Curator Mäori, at
the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Aotearoa New Zealand. She is
also a visual artist, who has exhibited widely both within and outside New
Zealand, and a commentator on both contemporary and customary Mäori art and
visual culture. She is the general editor of Taiäwhio: Conversations with
Contemporary Mäori Artists 2002 (with next version due June 2007). She was
part of the editorial team for Icons Nga Taonga 2002 a cross- disciplinary
publication on Te Papa’s collection.. She recently led the curatorial team
for the cultural exchange exhibition Mauri Ora: Treasures from the Museum
of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 2007, between Tokyo National Museum in
Japan and Te Papa, Aotearoa New Zealand. She is currently in the final
stages of doctoral study, pursuing an action research project which brings
together her interests in landscape art, ecological heritage, and Mäori
customary knowledge. She will exhibit associated paintings around her PhD
studies, ‘The Weedeaters’ in November 2007.

* * * Talya Chalef, South African and Australian visual and site-specific
artist, will discuss site, a multi sensory, one-woman performance piece
that raises ethical questions about what happens when unwanted pasts
resurface to haunt the postcolonial city. site was inspired by Prestwich
Place, a mass burial ground that was discovered on a construction site in
Cape Town 2003. Archeologists found that these bodies made up a sum total
of approximately three thousand dating back the beginnings of Dutch
colonisation. Because this site was located outside the old city’s colonial
walls, it indicated that they were not of Dutch Reformed origin, setting up
an interesting and heated debate. Using the story from Cape Town set
against the backdrop of Australia I wanted to point to issues of our shared
post colonial condition. With Tanya Heywood, I devised site, a performance
piece that sought to explore all the various perspectives on the situation
whilst not dictating or favoring any one specific point of view. The space,
sounds, projections, movements and texts all contributed equally to site.
We created and performed the work in Melbourne’s old City Watch House and
brought the audience into the space, through an installation and into the
ideas. We asked Melbourne audiences how they would deal with such an event:
what perspective would identify with and as such, how would they relate to
this history to their everyday lives? In this presentation, I will speak
about the motivations for site; the essays, which contributed to the
creative development; the artistic process with actor Tanya Heywood; the
visual, spatial, site-specific, aural and movement choices within the work;
how each element contributed to the overall concept; and lastly, how the
investigated themes spoke to larger issues of home, belonging and place.

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SESSION TWO: 1-3pm

Ciraj Rassool, District Six Museum Trustee, Professor of History at
University of Western Cape Town, and Co-Director of the Heritage and Museum
Studies Program (UWC with University of Cape Town and Robben Island), in
Cape Town, South Africa, will discuss “intangible heritage� interventions
by the District Six Museum in the post-apartheid city.

* * * Brenda Child (Ojibwe), Associate Professor of American Studies, UMN,
Carly Beane, Kate Beane (Dakota) and Scott Shoemaker (Miami) (Ph.D.
candidate, UMN American Studies), will present “Reclaiming Bdote:
Considering the Fort Snelling Historic Site.�

Fort Snelling sits in close proximity to the Twin-Cities International
Airport and is at the center of the metro area of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Today, there is a full living history program at the historic restored
stone fortress, with guides in costume during the summer months and
thousands of visitors every year. Dakota prisoners were at Fort Snelling
during the 1862 War in Minnesota, though that history is not presently part
of the interpretation at the historic site. In the aftermath, 38 Dakota men
were hanged in Minnesota, in the largest mass execution in the history of
the United States. As a further indignity, the Minnesota Historical Society
displayed the physical remains of Little Crow, the Dakota leader
assassinated a year after the conflict ended. This presentation will
explain a research project involving American Indian Studies faculty and
students at the University of Minnesota that addressed some of the complex
issues surrounding the Fort Snelling historic site for American Indians in
this region, at a time when the state of Minnesota and the Minnesota
Historical Society contemplates its renovation for the upcoming
sesquicentennial of statehood.