On a recent visit to Ellis Island, Marabou came across this cartoon. The March 30, 1898 (Vol. 43, No. 1099) cover of Puck magazine shows a Native American man, wearing a war bonnet and deerskin pants, holding up and gesturing to a rolled document that reads “An act to prevent the country from being overrun by foreigners.” A blonde white man in Puritan dress (who, according to the Library of Congress is supposed to be Senator Henry Cabot Lodge) cowers on his knees with hands clasped, fearfully looking upward. A tag reading “A.D. 1620” hangs out of his pocket referring to the English establishment of Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts. The illustration’s caption muses, “Where would WE [bolded and underscored] be?… If the real Americans had held Lodge’s view on immigration there would be no Lodge Bill now – nor anything else.” The reader is asked to consider immigration policy through an historic lens. … Food for Thought Friday: Historical Empathy
It’s time for Marabou’s analysis of the British Museum Part II in which they address the institution’s not-so-great aspects. In this post, Marabou focuses on transparency of ownership and acquisition processes, colonial language, and questionable display decisions.
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“Now we’re leaving the hall of stuff we stole from other cultures and entering the hall of stuff we paid too much for.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A black, white, and grey cartoon depicts an adult guide leading 6 children through a museum’s galleries. The gallery on the left looks like it’s displaying objects from Native American and First Nations Northwest Coast cultures, 3 masks and a textile or mantle. On the right is a gallery of framed paintings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #Repost @newyorkercartoons ・・・ A cartoon by @caitlin.cass, from 2018. #TNYcartoons ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🌈Shoutout to @ricebananas and @ytunaomitambien for knowing this cartoon is very Marabou ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #marabouatthemuseum #museums #museumeducation #museumstudies #museumtour #rethinkmuseums #reimaginemuseums #repatriation #uncomfortabletruths #newyorker #newyorkermagazine #newyorkercartoons
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Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day! Join Marabou at the American Museum of Natural History today at 3pm. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Design by #JaredYazzie @oxdxclothing #indigenouspeoplesday #endwhitesupremacy #nativeamericansdiscoveredcolumbus #columbusdidntdiscoveramerica #nomorewhitelies #decolonize #decolonizemuseums #marabouatthemuseum
Decolonize This Place, American Indian Community House, Black Youth Project 100, South Asia Solidarity Initiative, Chinatown Art Brigade, Take Back the Bronx, and The People’s Cultural Plan have published a public letter today about the convening at the American Museum of Natural History this upcoming Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Monday, October 8th. ⠀ … Organizing for Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2018