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Museums of Native culture wrestle with decolonizing

first_img First-year student, a Native American, promises herself to blaze trail for others Related Growing up in Maine as a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, Chris Newell used to visit the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, which showcases the history and culture of the Native peoples of Maine. But he remembers being struck by the way the institution told the story of his community.“As a young Native person walking into that museum, I can you tell you that the voice of the museum would speak to me, a Passamaquoddy child, as if I didn’t exist,” said Newell, who in February became the first member of the Wabanaki Nations, which comprises the Maliseet, Micmac, Penobscot, and Passamaquoddy, to run the 94-year-old Abbe. “That’s an experience I don’t want my children to have. I want the living Native voices of our peoples to be there as well.”A leading advocate for decolonizing museums, Newell spoke at a Wednesday discussion, “Reimagining Museums: Disruption and Change,” presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with the Harvard University Native American Program, and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.Museums have long been colonial institutions, but over the past decade, academics and activists have called for them to change their practices, embrace a more inclusive, honest, and morally complex narrative of history, and become agents of social justice. The calls have become stronger and more urgent amid a national reckoning over race and a racial justice movement, said Castle McLaughlin, Museum Curator of North American Ethnography at the Peabody Museum, who moderated the event.Panelists stressed the importance for museums to undo their legacy and the narratives most of them still use in telling the stories of Indigenous people as if they are “a thing of the past,” which contributes to the dehumanization of Native peoples and helps render them both voiceless and invisible. “As a young Native person walking into that museum, I can you tell you that the voice of the museum would speak to me, a Passamaquoddy child, as if I didn’t exist.” — Chris Newell,Lorén Spears, a member of the Narragansett Nation and the executive director of the Tomaquag Museum in Rhode Island, spoke of how European and American colonization, driven by greed and entitlement, led to museums becoming places to “preserve the past” and play the role of gatekeepers, choosing which stories to tell and how they were going to be told. In many cases, Spears said, museums embedded in Euro-centric values told stories that were inaccurate, perpetuated misconceptions and stereotypes about Native cultures, and lacked Indigenous voices.At the Tomaquag museum, Rhode Island’s only Indigenous museum, exhibits are presented from a first-person perspective and don’t follow a linear timeline to stress the fact that Indigenous people are still present in the lands they and their forebears have occupied for centuries. “We didn’t just die off in 1675,” said Spears. “We’ve been here all along.”But the effort to create equity in representation within museums and give voice to communities to tell their own stories is hard, said Spears. “I’ve even had people come to me saying, ‘Oh, you’re rewriting history,’” she said. “No, we’re not rewriting history. We’re including the history that was already there but that has been erased in the sanitized history we were given.”This year’s racial and social justice movements make Spears and Native activists feel hopeful. Many have been invited to join the boards of cultural institutions to make them more inclusive and representative.At the Peabody, founded in 1866 with a mandate to chronicle the cultural history of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, efforts to rethink the role of the museum are already in place under the concept of “ethical stewardship.”“We are stewarding collections rather than owning collections,” said Jane Pickering, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum, during the panel. “And we’re making that idea foundational to everything that we do both behind the scenes and in our galleries and programs. We are intentionally trying to recognize the rights of all the heritage stakeholders, descendant communities, indigenous communities, and building relationships with communities.” “We are stewarding collections rather than owning collections.” — Jane Pickering, director of the Peabody Museum Staying grounded For Native Americans, COVID-19 is ‘the worst of both worlds at the same time’ For Native Americans, a duo representscenter_img Law School students want to blaze trails for those who will follow As part of that effort, the Peabody Museum recently launched the virtual exhibit “Listening to Wampanoag Voices: Beyond 1620,” in which tribal members reflect on collections spanning the 17th to 20th centuries at the institution.Pickering also talked about the colonial legacy of the Peabody and how it is trying to transform itself to respond to demands for equity and inclusion.“It’s really a time of profound change for all museums, as we grapple with being colonial institutions,” said Pickering. “We’ve benefited enormously from imperialist and colonial activities. We can see that colonialism has driven what was collected, how we collected, the language we use in our database to document collections of past exhibitions, and how collections were used in teaching.”Pickering noted that tribal museums such as the Abbe and the Tomaquag represent an inspiration to other institutions as they fundamentally rethink their purpose and adopt a change of focus from collections to communities. Virus takes disproportionate toll on tribes’ health and economy, Harvard experts say The value of a tribal museum is that it’s “unapologetically Native,” said Newell, and offers a “home within a home” to Native peoples in Maine. But other museums need to update their 19th-century model to help empower Indigenous communities and ensure the well-being of all citizens.“What I always tell people is that no matter what happened in history, as hard as some of it is, it is how we got here,” said Newell. “If we do not learn those lessons, we’re not going to do well going forward. We’re all here now, and we all have to figure out how to steward this land, especially in the state of Maine. We’ve got to learn how to steward that land together so that it’s sustainable, so we’re here for the next 12,000 years.”last_img read more

Get geared up for hunting season with a goose hunt

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though the heat of summer may have yet to fully subside, the early fall hunting season is ushering in a new year afield for Ohio sportsmen and women. The season for small game, such as squirrel, and migratory birds, such as mourning dove, opened in early September, as does the open season for a larger-sized winged quarry, the Canada goose.The Canada goose is a common site for most Ohioans, distinguished by its black head, long black neck, white cheek patches, and its flock’s V-shaped flight migration pattern that foretells the seasonal weather changes of fall and winter. Outdoorsman Doug Moos, of the Hocking Hills region, said that although he prefers late season goose hunting, the early season is a good time to bag some resident honkers.“In the early season it’s hot and buggy. I’m not putting mosquito repellant on to hunt anything,” Moos said. “But if I hunt early goose season, I find where they chop their corn and hunt over those fields. Or, a guy can find some honey hole farm pond where the birds are roosting every day. This could be a good way for a guy to get started hunting geese.”Originally from Lorain County, Moos did some waterfowl hunting as a youngster living up on Lake Erie but gave that up for chasing whitetail in the hills of southern Ohio for a couple of decades before again taking up goose hunting.“I had an ACL surgery when I was forty and I couldn’t climb a tree stand to deer hunt. But I was going to be in the field one way or another so I got a dog and started field hunting for geese. I thought that it was going to be a quick fix, but now here I am 18 years later still doing it,” Moos said.Part of what attracts Moos to goose hunting is the camaraderie and shared experiences that he has with his fellow hunting partners and the reliable, faithful dog at his feet.“Unlike when deer hunting, you can sit and shoot the bull with a buddy and tell stories and cut up, and then settle in when the geese start showing up,” Moos said. “I use Labrador Retrievers. They are good citizens and good family members and when hunting, they give you someone to talk to when you go by yourself. They’re always happy to go and they’re always on time.”Moos strictly hunts open fields of corn and bean stubble that lay between the big reservoirs and gravel pits that dot the landscape around his home in the Hocking Hills. When the birds come off of the water to feed, they come to these fields where Moos is waiting to ambush them. His goose spots are conveniently located and Moos likes to go out for geese in the late season in the nastiest of weather.“I go when it’s the foulest weather. The hunting is best when it’s usually a Level 1 or Level 2 snow emergency and no one’s out. I can load up my Polaris, drive down the road, hunt for a couple of hours, kill some geese, and be home for lunch,” Moos said. “When it freezes too hard to trap beavers, I will also goose hunt, because I know that when the reservoirs and ponds freeze and lock up, the geese are coming to the fields and are hungry. When the snow is on, they’re looking for food and will sometimes fly out two times a day to feed.”For a set-up, Moos puts out approximately 100 decoys. He arranges them in a “U” or “J” shape, creating a pocket for geese to fly into from downwind. Geese come in upwind but circle around to land into the wind and he anticipates the direction that geese will be approaching and landing when placing decoys. He puts his blind at the middle of the “J” or the “U” and sits right in the middle of the decoys.“Using different sizes of decoys has really made a big difference for me,” Moos said, “I use different types of decoys for variety and size — it makes sense. When you see a flock of birds in a field, they are all different sizes and are standing in different ways. So, when I set up my decoys, I put them in different positions, have them facing in different directions, and use a variety of decoys. This imitates a real flock. I really like silhouette decoys and I will pitch them in different ways in the field. I also use full body dekes and what I call ‘Giants,’ which are 42-inch Super Magnum goose decoys. I do some flagging, but not too much — just enough to catch the geese’s attention. If they’re coming, they’re coming. And I use a couple of calls sometimes to bring them in, but again, I don’t overdo it.”Moos says that hunters should shoot at the birds at about 20 to 30 yards when they are landing, gliding in with open wings. This presents the biggest target, as opposed to when they have their wings pulled in.“If there are 30 to 40 geese coming in and they are committed, never shoot the first goose that comes in; let the first one land in the pocket,” he said. “If you shoot the first one at 20 yards, the ones behind it are going to flare out and you’ve blown your cover.”Some centuries-old goose hunting advice is offered by the famous ornithologist and avid bird hunter, John James Audubon, who suggested to his readership that “if a sportsman is expert and manages to shoot the old birds first, he is pretty sure to capture the less wily young ones afterwards, as they will be very apt to return to the same feeding places to which their parents had led them at their first arrival.”Like so many animals frequently encountered by humans in domesticated settings, when hunted in their natural environments, geese can prove surprisingly elusive and perceptive. A hunt for these birds shows them to be far more than a lawn-befouling and parking lot-congesting suburban nuisance that they have earned a reputation for being. As Erwin A. Bauer says in The Duck Hunter’s Bible, “the wariness and intelligence of Canadian honkers is as well-known as their characteristic honking cry.”There is an initial investment needed for a huntsman interested in pursuing this sport, but the rewards of a crisp autumn or winter morning afield and some wild meat in the freezer may well be worth it.“A $250 layout blind and three dozen decoys could get a guy started,” Moos said. “I like to use a big gun — a long barreled semi-automatic 12-gauge that can shoot a 3.5 inch shell. While not necessary, having a retrieving dog is nice. Dogs have saved me a lot of clean-up shots. If a bird goes down but isn’t dead, I can send the dog out. This is a lot safer, never tears up the meat, and I never have to shoot anything off of the ground.”For 2016, Ohio’s statewide early Canada goose season is from September 3 through 11, with a daily limit of five geese. Later seasons open and close in North and South Zones at different dates that can be found on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website at wildlife.ohiodnr.gov. Hunters will need a valid Ohio hunting license with HIP Certification, an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, and a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp (aka “Duck Stamp”), which Doug Moos points out can be used for free admission to any national park in our country.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Neymar leaves Brazil training session with sore ankle

first_imgBrazilian star Neymar was forced to leave the training session on Tuesday because of pain in his right ankle.The Brazilian football federation said that Neymar left the training session at World Cup as precaution and that his injury is not serious. The federation also added that the PSG striker would be back in training on WednesdayThe federation said Neymar has been in pain since the team’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Friday, when he was consistently fouled.Neymar started practicing with the rest of the squad but left accompanied by a doctor about 30 minutes into the session in Sochi.World Cup 2018: Spain find massive support among Asian football fansHe had been playing keep-away with a few other players when he started showing signs of discomfort in his ankle. He was visibly in pain after he tried to intercept a ball with his right foot while at the center of the keep-away circle.At one point, he bent down and grabbed his ankle, but tried to continue playing anyway. A few moments later he finally decided to leave, kicking a ball away with his left foot before limping away beside the team doctor.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Neymar left the training session with some pain in his right ankle because of the number of fouls he suffered in the game against Switzerland,” federation spokesman Vinicius Rodrigues said. “Since today was only a recovery session for the starters, and he complained about pain, he ended going to rehabilitation.”advertisementRodrigues said Neymar would continue his recovery process but was set to practice normally on Wednesday, two days before the team’s match against Costa Rica in St. Petersburg. Brazil and Switzerland are two points behind group leader Serbia, which defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in its opener.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLENeymar had already practiced separately from his teammates on Monday.Rodrigues said the pain Neymar felt Tuesday was not in the same place where he injured his foot earlier this year. Neymar was sidelined for about three months because of the injury and was not fully fit when he arrived in Russia for the World Cup.Heavily marked and far from his best, Neymar was fouled 10 times in the match against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don. He was limping when he talked to reporters after the match, when doctors dismissed anything serious.Brazil coach Tite said before the tournament started that Neymar wouldn’t likely be in his best form until the third match of the group stage.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

Demonizing Modi all the time wont help Jairam Ramesh warns Oppn

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance model is not a “complete negative story” and not recognizing his work and demonizing him all the time is not going to help, said Congress leader Jairam Ramesh. It is time we recognize Modi’s work and what he did between 2014 and 2019 due to which he was voted back to power by over “30 per cent of the electorate”, said Ramesh on Wednesday. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got 37.4 per cent of votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The NDA, as a whole, secured nearly 45 per cent of votes. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Ramesh made the remarks while launching a book, “Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India” written by Kapil Satish Komireddi, a political analyst. “He (Modi) talks in a language that connects him with the people. Unless we recognize that he is doing things which people recognise and which have not been done in the past, we are not going to be able to confront this guy,” said the Congress leader. “Also, if you are going to demonize him all the time, you are not going to be able to confront him,” warned the former Union minister, who held portfolios of Rural Development, and Drinking Water and Sanitation ministries in the Manmohan Singh government. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Ramesh sought to clarify that he is not asking anyone to praise or applaud the prime minister, but only wants the political class to at least recognise the traits he has brought to the governance — particularly the “economics of governance”. “Let me tell you it is not a completely negative story when it comes to economics of the governance, the politics of the governance is completely different,” said the noted economist, adding “the social relations that have been created out of his governance model is also completely different”. To prove his point, Ramesh gave example of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUJ) and how successful it turned out for him. “In 2019, all of us in the political discourse made fun of one or two of his programmes, but it has turned out in all electoral studies that the PMUJ is one single program which has been able to connect him with crores and crores of women and given him the political traction which he didn’t have in 2014,” said the Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka. “Now if we are going to run this down and say this is all hocus pocus and say these are wrong numbers, we are not going to confront this guy,” he cautioned. Stating that something happened in the last decade, which catapulted Modi from a “non-entity in national politics” in the 2009 general elections to someone who won elections back to back, Ramesh said people of the country — right or wrong — are not relating “current distress to his presence”. “We talked about farmers distress through out our entire campaign, people realise there was farmers’ distress but they did not hold Modi responsible for it. You saw what happened in the elections result thereafter. We have to understand what made him respectable,” he said. Dubbing Komireddi’s book as an “angry, absorbing and exceedingly well-written” one, Ramesh said, “It is persuasive in looking at what happened in the last five years and looking ahead as to what we would expect from what has happened in the last five years.” Ramesh, however, also expressed disagreement with the author, who sought to blame the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his family for all the prevailing wrongs in the country. Going 60 years back for something which happened in the last decade does not work out, said Ramesh, questioning the author’s bid to blame Nehru for what ails the country today. Published by Westland, the book claims to “retell and recount the betrayals of India’s republican promise over the last 70 years and retraces the path that modern India has treaded since 1947”.last_img read more

Guests And Special Hosts For Race To Erase MS Announced

first_imgHosts and guests for this year’s Race to Erase MS have been revealed.Nancy Davis will welcome guests to the 22nd annual Race To Erase MS benefiting Race to Erase MS and its “Center Without Walls” program which continues to raise funds in order to provide treatment and ultimately find a cure for MS. Guests will be able to participate in a silent auction before enjoying a dinner gala featuring live musical performances by Ne-Yo, Rita Ora and Matty B. Fashion Icon Tommy Hilfiger will be presented with the Race to Erase MS “Medal of Hope” Award. The evening will also include a one-of-a-kind live auction featuring fabulous vacation getaways and experiential packages.Special hosts for the evening include Sharon & Kelly Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Anne Heche & James Tupper, and Paris Hilton. Additional guests include Alyssa Milano, Lance Bass, Taryn Manning, Larry King, Frances Fisher, Candace Cameron Bure, Lea Thompson, Rowan Blanchard, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Christine Devine, Clementine Ford, Camille Grammer, G. Hannelius, Lydia Hearst, Robert Herjavec, Olivia Holt, Carrie Ann Inaba, Kym Johnson, Cobi Jones, Robert Knepper, James Maslow, Katherine McNamara, Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Peta Murgatroyd, Austin North, Willow Shields, Alli Simpson, Lisa Vanderpump & Ken Todd, Loni Anderson, Lindsay Arnold, and many more.WHEN: Friday, April 24, 2015WHERE: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza2025 Avenue of the StarsLos Angeles, CA 90067Find out more here.last_img read more

Mens Basketball No 8 Ohio State dominated by Penn State 7956 for

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann talks to sophomore center Micah Potter (0) during a timeout in the first half of the game against Iowa on Feb. 10 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 8 Ohio State just had to win its remaining four games to become outright Big Ten regular-season champions. But going into State College, Pennsylvania, to face off against Penn State, the only conference team that had beaten Ohio State this season, the road was not going to be easy.The Buckeyes left Happy Valley anything but happy after getting mauled by the Nittany Lions 79-56, bringing Ohio State to a tie for first place in the conference with No. 2 Michigan State. Ohio State still holds the tiebreaker for seeding in the Big Ten tournament.The Buckeyes (22-6, 13-2 Big Ten) shot just 39 percent overall and 13 percent from 3-point range, while the Nittany Lions (19-9, 9-6 Big Ten) shot 48 percent from the field, and were commanding from beyond the arc, shooting 45 percent.In the head-to-head matchup between Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and Penn State sophomore guard Tony Carr, the conference’s scoring leaders, Carr finished with the upper hand, scoring 30 points off 9-for-15 shooting, including 50 percent from 3. Bates-Diop had just 10 points and five rebounds.Penn State went on a near-four-minute scoring drought, but went on a 15-3 run with 1:30 left in the first half to go up 40-19. The first half came to an end with a full-court pass that was caught by Carr on the baseline, who made the layup and the subsequent and-1 to give Penn State the 45-21 halftime lead. It was the largest first-half deficit Ohio State has faced all season.Ohio State began to show some life around the middle of the second half. Trailing by 30 points, the Buckeyes went on an 18-4 run to bring the game to 58-42 with 10:37 left to play. The game got off to a rough start for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had four points from freshman center Kaleb Wesson, but he landed awkwardly on his ankle trying to grab a defensive rebound and was forced to leave the game. Wesson returned with 10:50 left in the first half.After the injury, Penn State sprinted to a 12-0 run that included Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann getting hit for a technical foul for arguing with the referees. Wesson’s four points were the Buckeyes’ only points until junior guard C.J. Jackson made a layup with 13:31 left in the first half. Penn State guard Tony Carr responded immediately with a 3 to bring the Nittany Lion lead to 17-6. read more

Juve still in control – Allegri

first_imgJuventus manager Massimiliano Allegri believes that his side are still in control of the Serie A title race, after losing 1-0 to rivals Napoli on SundayThe reigning champions suffered a shock home defeat to their title rivals at Turin with a late Kalidou Koulibaly winner allowing Napoli to reduce the gap to just one point between the sides in the Serie A standings with just four matches remaining.The victory in Turin has restored Napoli’s title aspirations with fireworks and exuberant fans diving into the fountain at the Piazza Trieste e Trento on the streets of Naples.But Allegri is certain that Juventus, with their slender point lead, still have the advantage.“We are still top of the table, we still have the advantage,” said Allegri, according to Sport360.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Now we have a rest day, then we have to prepare for what I think really will be the decisive match for our season against Inter Milan (next Saturday).“I think the title race will remain open until May 20. There’s nothing you can take for granted in football.”The Juventus coach admitted that the team’s hectic schedule played a part in their dismal performance: “To the lads I can’t say anything, we play 57 games in a year, the others do not.”The defeat marked Juventus’ second at their Allianz Stadium in the Serie A with the Turin side having previously lost to Lazio back in October.last_img read more