By Shepard Krech
In Collecting local America individuals study the motivations, intentions, and activities of 11 creditors who committed vast components in their lives and fortunes to buying American Indian gadgets and founding museums. They describe obsessive hobbyists akin to George Heye, who, starting with the acquisition of a lice-ridden blouse, equipped a suite that—still unsurpassed in richness, range, and size—today varieties the center of the Smithsonian's nationwide Museum of the yank Indian. Sheldon Jackson, a Presbyterian missionary in Alaska, accumulated and displayed artifacts as a way of changing local peoples to Christianity. Clara Endicott Sears used occasionally invented monitors and ceremonies at her Indian Museum close to Boston to stress local American spirituality. The individuals chart the creditors' diversified attitudes in the direction of local peoples, displaying how their constrained touch with American Indian teams ended in museums that exposed extra approximately assumptions of the broader society than in regards to the cultures being described.
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