Despite popular belief, museum records are not always accurate or complete. Multiple sources in addition to museum records were consulted by students while investigating the objects shown here. These included the Beloit College archives, library resources, and outside experts. Findings were compiled in research papers added to the museums' files. Object Investigations transforms the students' papers into interpretations highlighting their findings and revealing something of these object's unique stories.
In the Shaw Gallery through 7/26
The indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere practiced slavery for thousands of years before Christopher Columbus stepped on the shores of the West Indies in 1492. Throughout the Americas, native peoples captured enemies in war or forced their neighbors to send persons as tribute. Foreign captives were a near constant presence among many indigenous populations, awaiting ritual adoption or possibly the fate of human sacrifice. Men and women who were not adopted or killed were held as slaves, perpetual outsiders forced to labor in life and death for their masters.
As you follow the story of indigenous slaveries through this exhibit, consider the meaning that native peoples placed on the practice of holding men and women in bondage.
Open through July 19 on the museum's first floor.
Watermarks: Water and the Human Experience is a collection of art and artifacts depicting the ways communities use water in their daily lives. It represents how humans have used water as a means of transportation and adapted to the excess or absence of it. It even explores the many myths around the world about water and all the spiritual context water has.
Museum studies students in the Exhibition Design and Development class spent the semester creating the exhibit. Splitting up into curatorial teams, groups worked on individual cases, as well as on teams for registration, content development, and design. Visit the Shaw Galley, located on the second floor of the Logan Museum of Anthropology, to learn how people’s lives around the world shape and are shaped by water in Watermarks: Water and the Human Experience runs through July 2016.