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 […]Read more "Native American Voices: Come and Listen"
Identity is a combination of many factors, such as family, culture, economic status, and community. Sherman Alexie’s novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian showcases the strong relationship between identity and place; each affect each other and help to shape Junior and his path in life. Junior lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation […]Read more "Competing Identities in Conflicting Spaces"
In Honor of the People By Meghan Evans In 2008, Minnesotans voted for an increase in sales taxes to create the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment (Legacy Amendment). This amendment gave much needed financial support “to preserve arts and cultural heritage”.  One project funded by the Legacy Amendment was In Honor of the […]Read more "In Honor of the People"
When I first moved to the East Coast everyone asked me if I had been to this magical place called Foxwoods. The way people described it I thought Foxwoods was some kind of an oasis. To say the least, I was thoroughly disappointed to find out that it was just an Indian casino. Gambling is […]Read more "The Magical Foxwoods"
In the late 19th and early 20th century, the American and Canadian governments began establishing boarding and residential schools designed to assimilate and acculturate Native children. By “civilizing” the young children, and “erasing” their Native background, these children could become more “productive” members of North American society. Leap from the boarding school era to the […]Read more "The Politics of Sharing"