Cultural Conflict: The Stories Dioramas Tell and Don’t Tell

  • Doris Ash


This chapter addresses the role of conflict in understanding dioramas containing cultural representations, especially models or re-creations of indigenous cultures and actual people created for natural history museums. We use three specific examples of such conflict: African-Americans, South African Bushmen and Native Americans. The three cultural conflict examples used here stem from dioramas or depictions that have already been contested, modified, and/or removed. These examples are taken from different peoples of various cultures, languages, and social systems, but who share the experience of having their cultural realities misrepresented.


Diorama Exhibit Cultural conflict Indigenous cultures Native Americans South African Bushmen 


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  • Doris Ash
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  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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