This exhibit focuses on the material culture of the Shipibo Indians, collected in Peru by the museum’s Mouat-Whiteford Expedition of 1965, and how the material reflects Shipibo life 50 years ago. The exhibit’s central question asks visitors to consider notions of “authentic” culture in a globalizing economy. Casimira’s Quandary: A Tale of Choice and Change in the Peruvian Jungle opens Wednesday June 19th in the second floor (Shaw Gallery).
The act of flying, and the animals that have the ability to fly, have been interpreted by humans as impossible, demonic, divine, mathematical, terrifying, mechanical, and even boring. UP: A Natural History of Flying was researched and designed by students in the First-Year Initiatives (FYI) seminar. As part of this course, students are comparing the cultural significance of biological flight. Established in 1991, the FYI seminars introduce college-level study in which entering first-year students learn to be both students of the liberal arts and students at Beloit.
Ancient people whisper their stories to us through the traces of the lives they left behind. Archaeologists collect and record these whispers in the forms of objects, human remains, and careful observations of the built environment. Excavations by Beloit College students at Starkweather Ruin, a Mogollon culture site, near Reserve, New Mexico in the 1930s illustrate how these traces are collected, and, taken together, what they can reveal about ancient lives. On the Museum’s first floor.