Presença Karajá and the Fritz Krause collection

a critical understanding of “immaterial restitution” and the opportunities presented from collaborative “digital dissemination”


  • Miriam Hamburger GRASSI Museum for Ethnology, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden



Iny-Karajá. Ritxoko. Immaterial Restitution. Provenance. Social Museology.


This article describes the current cooperation between Presença Karajá, an interdisciplinary research project that maps
and analyzes collections of Iny-Karajá dolls (Ritxoko) in museum collections, and the GRASSI Museum for Ethnology in Leipzig, Germany, part of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD). Together, the working group analyzed the collection of Ritxoko embedded in other Iny-Karajá materials, gathered and documented by Dr. Fritz Krause (1881-1963) in 1908. Based on Krause’s published works from his expedition, Iny-Karajá anthropological contributions, insights from Iny-Karajá representatives, and the
Ritxoko themselves, the working group investigated the provenance, ethnography, and anthropological data together, gathering valuable research results for the collection history as well as for the Iny-Karajá themselves. Presença Karajá offered the Museum
an opportunity to enhance the history of its collections as well as to contribute to a social museology, supporting the goals of what
the Museum calls “immaterial restitution” or more aptly, “digital dissemination”: granting Indigenous cultures greater sovereignty
over their heritage.

Biografia do Autor

Miriam Hamburger, GRASSI Museum for Ethnology, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Miriam Hamburger is an independent researcher and a Masters student at Leipzig University in the department of religious studies. She worked at the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig between 2017-2022 in various positions, including as a research assistant in the department of provenance research and restitution claims. There she developed a focus on ethical issues related to objects and ancestral remains in collecting institutions. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, (USA) in religious studies and art history. She has been working with the Presença Karajá group since 2021.



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2022-10-18 — Atualizado em 2022-11-29


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HAMBURGER, M. Presença Karajá and the Fritz Krause collection : a critical understanding of “immaterial restitution” and the opportunities presented from collaborative “digital dissemination”. Hawò, Goiânia, v. 3, p. 1–47, 2022. DOI: 10.5216/hawo.v3.72251. Disponível em: Acesso em: 2 mar. 2024.



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