Missed Opportunities Reflections on the nmai amy lonetree The Columbian Legacy, now 510 years and counting, is by many accounts genocidal. The atrocities committed by Columbus, those under his command, and those who followed him are legion. In the name of God or science, in the pursuit of gold or glory, and in the services of imperialism or manifest destiny, the bodies and beliefs of the Indian peoples of the Western Hemisphere, along with their possessions and their lands, were plundered and debased. And a substantial portion of the American Indian collections hoarded in museums is made up of that tainted bounty. Craig Howe, "The Morality of Exhibiting Indians" Museums are indeed very painful sites for Native peoples as they are intimately tied to the colonization process. The study of the relationship between Indigenous peoples and museums--both the tragic stories of the past as well as examples of successful Native activism and leadership within the museum profession that are happening today--have preoccupied my professional life both inside and outside the academy. The museum world has changed significantly from the days when they were considered "ivory towers of exclusivity" to today when Indigenous people are actively involved in making
The American Indian Quarterly – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jun 9, 2006
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