Community of origin

Used mostly in collections management and museums practice, this term refers to the original communities/community members from whom material artefacts were acquired, as well as their descendants living today (see Brown and Peers: 2003 for more on the distinctions).

This term is obviously related to the more commonly used “source community” but can be seen as generally more expansive. Whilst “source community” implies an essential, fixed origin point, as opposed to “descendant community”, the phrase “community of origin” can cover both of these simultaneously.

See also: source community and descendant community.

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