hau ghostwarrior, the title of this thread is Massacres and denial: Why can’t America get it right? Well, I received an e-mail alert from the NY Times under 'Natives.' Without mentioning those that were slaughtered this pithy article condones the american's actions. You can't get it right if you don't acknowledge it happened:
The trove of rare photographs, textiles, design manuals and garments on display in “An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915-1928,” which opens today in the Focus Gallery at the Bard Graduate Center, calls attention to a relatively unknown effort after World War I by the American Museum of Natural History to inspire and energize New York fashion designers. The initiative granted the designers unfettered access to the museum’s ethnographic collections of Native American, Mesoamerican, Andean and South American relics. Curators opened up the museum’s specimen storage rooms and lent artifacts, like beaded Native American dresses from the Blackfoot tribe, to design firms and department stores for inspiration. The goal was to develop a distinctly American (as opposed to European) design language, but the the museum ultimately abandoned the project and its fleeting dream of building a separate museum devoted to non-Western textile arts and industrial design, modeled after London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
Now, the original artifacts are on view in the exhibition curated by Ann Marie Tartsinis, who thinks the initiative was embedded in the spirit of its time. A hand-batiked caftan from 1920, in particular, represents the convergence of the era’s artistic modernism and wartime nationalism. “The garment represents the bohemian style cultivated by the artistic and cultural avant-garde in New York in the 1920s, while displaying the confluence of global sources championed by the so-called ‘fashion staff’ at the museum,” she said. With fringe trending on the runways right now, it seems that legacy of the project is alive and well in the imaginations of designers today.http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2013 ... ntemail0=y
Stolen continents, stolen handcrafts, stolen bones. I bet they would say that it happened a long time ago and concerns us not.