If you grew up in Chicago, you might remember the old Native American Hall at the Field Museum. Dark, crowded, and devoid of helpful information, the old fashioned design of the exhibit left you feeling confused on how to navigate the hundreds of beautifully crafted objects.
Native Truths is a totally new experience. Bright, open and colorful, Native Truths is an exhibit co-created with idigenous leaders and activists from across the country.
It’s a fresh take on museum practice. Native people form the voice of the exhibit. Each creator was able to write their own text to accompany their pieces and to tell their stories. Museum text is written in the first person, rooting the information conveyed in the lived experience of each tribe and their tradition. Politics and hard truths aren’t shied away from.
Museums have traditionally housed artifacts stolen from indigenous people without their permission, and often without their knowledge. Native Truths explores this reality, discussing the difficulty of creating any sort of cohesive exhibit about native peoples when the relationships of museums to indigenous people is so fraught.
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