Years ago, when the Museum of the American Indian was still located in New York City, I had a free Saturday so I went in about 10am wanting to kill a couple hours till lunch. The displays were so absorbing and haunting that it seemed like only minutes went by and there was an announcement, announcing 10 minutes to closing time, 6pm. The displays were of a mock-up of what, someone guessed, might have been a scene out of the normal life of a particular tribe. But what was surreal was the sign at each display listing the estimated population of that tribe pre-, and post-European contact. There were many, many tribes where the numbers were high before and zero post contact. I quietly shed many tears during my visit. I don't know if the theme was continued when the Museum was moved to Washington but, I really wonder if another Museum with a different theme would have a more powerful impact than this one did for me. And, what would you put in a American Indian Holocaust Museum anyway.
Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 17:13