The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

Sunday, October 5 ~Friday, October 10, 2014
International Workshop “Collection Review: Methodology and Effective Utilization for the Museum and the Source Community”
National Museum of Ethnology, Info-Forum Museum Project: Documenting and Sharing Information on Ethnological Materials: Working with Native American Tribes / Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (A) "Source Community Utilization of Ethnological Collections for Information Sharing in Japanese Museums"

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  • Date: Sunday, October 5 - Friday, October 10, 2014
  • Venue: 4F Seminar Room(L), 1F Reviewing Room, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Inquiries: 10-1 Senri Expo Park, Suita, Osaka 565-8511, Japan
  • e-mail: ito [at]


National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) provides academics and researchers an opportunity of collection reviewing. The reviews are made by experts invited for cooperation in preparing exhibitions, implementing joint research projects, organizing workshops for the Hokkaido Ainu association craftsperson training etc. Of course, not only Minpaku but many other public institutes in Japan provide such opportunities making use of Open Access Resources. The process of data revision and complementation while reviewing of a collection is as important for every museum as acquisition of new artifacts. However, no proper format for this process exists and results achieved during it are often lost due to not being corrected or added to the existing catalog immediately and automatically.

In this workshop we will focus mainly on the importance of consulting and sharing information between the museum and the source community. We will also discuss the way of registering information of the reviewed item preparing appropriate documentation. Special lectures are planned to take place during the workshop. Five Hopi religious leaders will attend to discuss and assess approximately 280 Kachina dolls of the Minpaku collection.



Sunday, October 5 13:00 - 18:00
4F Seminar Room(L)
Special lecture Series“Reconnect Museum and Source Community”
Robert Breunig (Museum of Northern Arizona), Kelley Hays-Gilpin (Northern Arizona University), Atsunori Ito (National Museum of Ethnology)
Monday, October 6 13:00 - 17:00
*Special lecture Series: 13:00 - 14:30
1F Reviewing Room
Special lecture Series“Lost in Translation: Rethinking Hopi Katsina Tithu and Museum Language Systems”
Chip Colwell (Denver Museum of Nature & Science)
Tuesday, October 7 10:00 - 17:00
*Special lecture Series: 13:00 - 14:30
1F Reviewing Room
Special lecture Series“Host Museum and Source Community Responsibilities in Collection Reviews”
Cynthia Chavez Lamar (National Museum of the American Indian), Jim Enote (A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center)
Wednesday, October 8 10:00 - 17:00
*Special lecture Series: 13:00 - 14:30
1F Reviewing Room
Special lecture Series“Confluences: tracing Hopi connections through UK Southwestern collections past and present”
Henrietta Lidchi (National Museums Scotland)
Thursday, October 9 10:00 - 17:00
*Special lecture Series: 13:00 - 14:30
1F Reviewing Room
Special lecture Series“Hopi Life and Kachina Doll”
Gerald Lomaventema, Merle Namoki, Darance Chimerica, Ramson Lomatewama
Friday, October 10 10:00 - 17:00
1F Reviewing Room