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The Problem with Museums
In this episode of Origin of Everything, Dr. Danielle Bainbridge explains the ethical problems US and European museums face today and explores the debate around the display of historical human remains.
A guide to Africa's 'looted treasures'
In this article from the BBC, learn about some of the objects taken from Africa during the colonial era, then test your new knowledge with a short online quiz.
As African Art Thrives, Museum Grapple With Legacy of Colonialism
This article from Smithsonian Magazine discusses how museums around the world are working to get objects repatriated to the communities they came from and the impact returning them may have.
Smithsonian Museum of African Art
Explore the objects held in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.
Yale Faces New Claims Of Stolen Artifacts
This article from the New Haven Independent discusses the Tinglit art on display at the Yale Peabody Museum and details the history of the museum's repatriation of artifacts.
Should Museums Return Looted Artifacts to Their Countries of Origin?
This student opinion piece from The New York Times asks if museums have the right to display objects forcibly taken during colonization.
Why finding Nazi-looted art is 'a question of justice'
This article from the PBS NewsHour discusses the efforts to track down and recover art stolen by the Nazis during WWII and how Holocaust victims and their descendants are still seeking justice.
The Case for Museums
The Art Assignment makes the case for museums, including their history, the (fairly) recent decision to open to the public, and what museums' complicated histories mean for us today.
Lesson plan: After helping Pilgrims, today's Wampanoag tribe fight for their ancestral lands
This PBS NewsHour Extra lesson plan covers the Wampanoag tribe's efforts to recover stolen land, languages, art, artifacts, and other objects that are culturally significant to their people.
Who created this message?
- What kind of “text” is it?
- How similar or different is it to others of the same genre?
- What are the various elements (building blocks) that make up the whole?
What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?
- What do you notice (about the way the message is constructed)?
- What’s the emotional appeal?
- What makes it seem “real?”
- What's the emotional appeal? Persuasive devices used?
How might different people understand this message differently from me?
- How many other interpretations could there be?
- How could we hear about them?
- How can you explain the different responses?
What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?
- What type of person is the reader/watcher/listener invited to identify with?
- What ideas or perspectives are left out?
- How would you find what’s missing?
- What judgments or statements are made about how we treat other people?
Why is this message being sent?
- What's being sold in this message? What's being told?
- Who is served by or benefits from the message
– the public?
– private interests?
Should stolen art and artifacts be returned to their culture of origin?
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