February 14, 2010
Cultural Foundations III, Museum Comparison
History has stood witness to the rise, growth, expansion and fall of the Native
Americans. With the onset of the European invasion, the American Indians’ culture
modified a great deal, both for the good and the bad. While civilization and trade
flourished, dictatorship and slavery grew, giving rise to ruinous diseases namely
yellow fever, measles and cholera that went onto wipe out clans together. Hence,
ended the greatest cultures of all times. Known to adapt efficiently to any region or
resource, the tragic end of the Indians came primarily due to the overtaking of the
Europeans. Stripped off their heritage, customs, practices and values, they were
ordered to camouflage into the European lifestyle. However, the opulence of the
Indian culture and the values of their deeply rooted tradition continue to provide us
with a sense of awe and inspiration.
The National Museum of the American Indian and the American Museum of
Natural History are two such cultural institutions, which splendidly shelter the ancient
forms of art, talent, folklores, tales and skills of the Native Americans till date. The
National Museum of the American Indian showcases a magnificent range of their
collections. With its exhibition of the primordial Indian clothes, dresses, shoes,
accessories and utilitarian utensils and objects, the museum not only proves to be a
resourceful guide into the Native American way of life, but also provides its audience
with an aesthetic and appreciative sense of experience.
It further obliges its visitors
with elaborate explanatory notes assisting each and every display. As a layperson, it is
easy to feel all the more comfortable in the museum with its ambassador tour guide.