Elizabeth Stuart, Hope College 2018

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  1. Of the imagined exhibits mentioned (73-83) what would be the easiest one to be presented in modern times? Would certain ones present more difficulty and controversy than others?
  2. Is the desire for non Western countries to have their “art” returned due to the fact that the items in question were not created for the the purpose of being aesthetically pleasing, but due to the deeper spiritual or religious meaning? Or is it simply born of the fact that most of the items in question were taken as prizes or rewards when colonizing new territories. (89)
  3. Looking at the marshmallow geometry debat, (89) one assumes that when looking at new locations and cultures that one must be able to instantly recognize all that one comes into contact with, however isn’t the world made better by the accidental discoveries of other cultures?
  4. On page 123 it states that “the younger generation is focusing even more freely on issues of cultural identity” given that this book was written over 20 years ago, what would the author have to say about the current generation’s search for cultural identity?
  5. Again I pose the question: if human nature constantly sorts into sub groups of “the People of the Center of the world” and “the People of Animals” in the same manner that Witoto nationality, what more can we do besides being more informed, and asking the questions as to why it is human nature to discriminate?
Sources: http://www.stockvault.net/photo/99249/african-tribal-pattern
Faith Eckhoff

 

 

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