Date of Graduation

Fall 2010


Master of Science in Applied Anthropology


Sociology and Anthropology

Committee Chair

Elizabeth Sobel


anthropology, museum, exhibit, Osage, reflexivity, multivocality, contextuality, interactivity

Subject Categories



The recent scholarly critique of ethnographic museum exhibits clearly calls for greater incorporation of four main principles: reflexivity, multivocality, contextuality, and interactivity. Unfortunately, many if not most current exhibits on culture do not incorporate all or any of these principles. Consequently, most ethnographic exhibits are less representative and respectful of the presented culture, and less educational and engaging for visitors than they otherwise might be. For this thesis project, I addressed this problem by designing an ethnographic exhibit on the Osage Nation that incorporates reflexivity, multivocality, contextuality, and interactivity for the WorldWise gallery at Discovery Center in Springfield, Missouri. I carried out this project by collaborating with the Osage Nation, researching Osage culture, and gaining feedback from Osage Nation representatives, Discovery Center museum staff, and anthropologists at Missouri State University.


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