Dr. Cunera Buijs

Dr. Cunera Buijs (1958) is anthropologist and curator Arctic of the National Museum of World Cultures, Leiden. Her research interest lies in issues of dress and identity, and questions of ownership, authority and access. In 2004, she finished her PhD-thesis on clothing, its significance and role in Inuit society (Leiden University). Her publications have also focused on climate change and the trade boycott of sealskin.

Cunera’s most recent publications include ‘Living objects, The transfer of knowledge through East Greenlandic material culture’, in: Traditions, Traps and Trends, Transfer of Knowledge in Arctic Regions, Jarich Oosten and Barbara Miller (eds), UAP’s Polynya Press, pp. 143-189 and ‘Shared Inuit Culture: Museums and Arctic Communities from a European Perspective’, Etudes/Inuit/Studies Vol. 41 (2), in: Collections arctiques/Arctic Collections (forthcoming in 2020), Gwénaëlle Guigon (ed.). She is co-curator of the exhibition Healing Power – Winti, shamanism and more (2011).


Books by Cunera Buijs

Sharing Knowledge and Cultural Heritage: First Nations of the Americas

Studies in Collaboration with Indigenous Peoples from Greenland, North and South America

Edited by Laura van Broekhoven, Cunera Buijs & Pieter Hovens | 2010

Sharing Knowledge & Cultural Heritage (SK&CH), First Nations of the Americas, testifies to the growing commitment of museum professionals in the twenty-first century to share collections with the descendants of people and communities from whom…




Healing Power

Living Traditions, Global Interactions

Edited by Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling | Forthcoming

Hidden healing practices exert fascination as well as stimulate extensive scientific and public interest. It is a contested topic for many indigenous peoples. Throughout the ages, numerous spiritual healing forms have been marginalized or severely…










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