Case Study: Challenges Facing Small Indigenous Museums in Nepal

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 8:45-9:15 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
262 America's Center
Description
The indigenous Tharu people of southern Nepal comprise 1.7 million populations and are one of the country's largest ethnic groups. The government has struggled to acknowledge this group's identity, cultural, and political rights as the country transitions from a monarchy to a democracy. Learn how, in this contested political environment, a small indigenous museum has played a crucial role in reaffirming Tharu identity and museum sustainability.
Learner Outcome
  1. Gain knowledge on how ethnically specific museums can remain relevant and sustainable in a contested national political environment.
  2. Learn how a small ethnic Tharu museum can play a significant role in establishing minority rights at the national level.
  3. See a concrete example of how the museum can play a leading role in community development.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Birendra Mahato
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Founder Chair
Presenter: 
John Aarsen
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
82nd Airborne Division War Museum
Bio
He works in a US army museum