Decolonizing in Collections Care

What does decolonizing mean within the context of cultural resources stewardship (i.e. collections care)? How is theory put into practice and how can you affect organizational change within your scope of influence?  In this webinar, you will learn how the Museum of Us and the broader museum field are undertaking this complex challenge by addressing institutional histories in reflective ways, prioritizing the work within an evolving framework of decolonizing initiatives, and learning valuable lessons along the way.


Kara Vetter, Senior Director of Cultural Resources at the Museum of Us, supports the development and implementation of decolonizing initiatives within the Cultural Resources department through culturally sensitive care practices and policies prioritizing Indigenous sovereignty and traditional knowledge. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Indianapolis, an M.A. in Museum Studies from Indiana University (IUPUI) and has worked in the museum profession for over 15 years. Drawing from a deep skill set in cultural resources management, registration, policy writing, exhibition planning, grant writing, DEAI work, and decolonizing initiatives practice she has had the opportunity to share the history and culture of our world with a wide audience while working with an expanding list of institutions, talented museum professionals, and Indigenous communities. Kara is active in the museum field as a Board of Directors member for the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS) and is a contributing member of the Indigenous Collections Care Guide working group.