Censoring Our Free Speech

This week in class we began our discussion around Sherman Alexie’s book, The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian, the Native American occupation of Alcatraz in the 1960’s, and the representation of Native Americans in museums. We contemplated Sherman’s main character, Junior, and his struggle to find his identity within two worlds. Junior promotes understanding, […]

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Native American Voices: Come and Listen

The Penn Museum’s current exhibit Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now is a powerful celebration of contemporary indigenous cultures as living, breathing entities. Native American history as commonly recounted in the United States is a tale of woe and loss, framing Native groups as near extinct and struggling to survive. Post-contact Native history is […]

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The Importance of Place

During last week’s class we had an interesting discussion about Hispanic and Latin American immigration and how to tell those stories in museums and historic sites. One of the things that struck me the most about our discussion was the importance of place.  On the one hand, I realized how important place was for shaping […]

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