The First Shall Be Last: Picturing Indigenous Peoples and the Sins of Long Ago
Childhood ruminations often contain fond memories of museums. These places may house the grotesque, the mysterious, the monumental, the creepy, the unimaginable, the beautiful, the thrilling, and—giggle/titter/shhh!—the lurid.1 Museums offer insights into how the world works, what it means to be human in all of its manifestations, how people are related to other species, and what they have achieved through the ages. And museums help kids develop their distinctive sense of self, both by seeing their own reflections in certain respects, and by judging themselves against other stuff that is there on offer. Museums supply excitement, wonderment, instruction, forbidden pleasures, enchantment, and escape, all in one extraordinary spot.
KeywordsIndigenous People Audience Member Indian Tribe National Gallery South African Society
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