The Autry Museum recognizes the important role tribal consultation plays in a successful repatriation, and Autry staff respects and values the time that tribe members spend with us to share their perspectives, priorities, and interests. We also welcome discussions on the overall care and stewardship of the collections and research protocols. We will work with you to care for your materials in culturally appropriate ways while they are in the museum awaiting repatriation. We can also work with you to better manage how your materials are accessed and researched, such as designing customized research permissions or restrictions.
The Autry encourages in-person visits between staff and tribal representatives whenever possible. In-person visits, whether at the Autry or on tribal lands, offer the most effective means for discussions and collaborations, and can be meaningful experiences for everyone involved. Consultations are typically scheduled several months in advance to ensure that staff can fully accommodate tribes and make the most of your time with us. Any cultural knowledge offered during tribal consultations will be kept confidential, unless requested otherwise.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the safety of in-person visits, particularly for our elders. The safety of in-person visits will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Alternatively, we can consult with you through telephone and video conference calls. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss consultation.
Onsite consultations are held at the Autry’s Resources Center in dedicated consultation spaces. These include a place to view collections, a changing room, and an outdoor ceremonial garden. All these spaces have been designed to make the experience as comfortable and effective as possible and in consideration of your privacy.