American Publics

A spring 2011 American Studies class on ‘American Publics' organized a hands-on session at the museum with a number of Native American objects. Discussion of the material revolved around issues of gender, political activism and the public/private spheres. While being both interesting and visually beautiful artifacts, the Native objects provided the stepping-off point to wider ideas and themes, providing a focus for discussion, as well as inspiring the students to think about how objects mediate human relationships, resulting in some excellent 'online exhibitions', a couple of which can be viewed here:

Collecting Ethnographically by Soules