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National disgrace?

Timothy Noah lambasts the directors of the recently opened National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. He complains its poor layout, open-palm attitude toward Ben Nighthorse Campbell, and lack of scholarly focus make what should be a national treasure a national embarrassment. He gives their attitude and abandonment of academic objectivity an interesting comparison.
Folkore and religious beliefs are certainly legitimate topics for a museum to explore, but to present such beliefs in a vacuum constitutes Native American creationism. It's like visiting Salem's Witch Museum and being told that Bridget Bishop, hanged in June 1692, had it coming.
There is, no doubt, an active and pertinent American Indian culture today. The role of the museum, however, should be to provide a fuller picture of the history and context out of which it arose. Heritage matters, so don't half-ass it and call it education.
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