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#IMACoffeeBreak: The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Ireland: Continuing Connections in the Museum Space

15 November | 13:30 - 14:15

Irish Museums Association

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On 15 November we will take a look back at Irish and Choctaw history, uncovering small acts of kindness and continuing friendship. With the expertise and guidance of Claire Green Young of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma we will discuss the ongoing friendship of the Choctaw Nation and the Irish, the importance of Indigenisation in the museum sphere, and the responsibility of Irish museums to help continue a legacy of compassion and cooperation.

Claire Green Young is a scholar of tribal history who recently completed her MA in Museum Studies at University College Cork as a recipient of the Choctaw-Ireland Scholarship. At this members meeting she will discuss the historical connection between the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Ireland, how that influenced her decision to get her MA in Museum Studies at UCC, and the limitations of repatriation legislation on a global scale as well as in Irish museums in particular. The findings of her research, as well as her lived experience, can help to frame the importance of Indigenisation and adequate repatriation legislation in Irish museums. 


About #IMACoffeeBreak events:

These regular gatherings of colleagues aim to provide connectivity between IMA members, allow you to share information and strategies, exchange ideas, and - most importantly - support each other in your work. 

The IMA Virtual Coffee Breaks are open to IMA members only* (Individual members and staff from Institutional and Museum members). We have limited capacity at each session so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

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