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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.
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The personal touch added to the entire educative experience with the ambassador’s guided lesson completes the learning event. The Apsáalooke Warrior’s Exploit Robe , housed in the museum and discovered in 1861 by William H. Schieffelin, not only provides the visitor with the basic site and year of discovery, but also with the rather thrilling tale behind it. Granted possibly as a gift of peace, the robe splendidly displays the unique sense of Indian art and craft. Made of buffalo hide, red cloth, patent beads and horsehair, it flaunts various sketches of elongated, graceful and typical Apsáalooke figures depicting famous tales. One of them is the portrayal of the essential tasks that each warrior had to complete to become chief, which were seizing the enemies’ guns or spears, touching the enemy by hand or object in hand, capturing the enemy’s horse and leading a war band successfully. The
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