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  • Like the United States, Mauritius is a country founded upon the contradictions of slavery: a land of freedom dependent on the subjugation of men and women with dark skin. Slaves accompanied the first Europeans who settled Mauritius; however, it was the success of the sugarcane plantations that made…
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  • Mauritius is a country of migrants. When colonists first landed on the island they found only wild plants and animals. Every person came from somewhere else, either by choice or by force. One remarkable story of migration here begins in 1834, when 30 men and 6 women from Calcutta arrived in…
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  • What is life like on the other side of the world? This is the question that led me from Colorado to a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean. The country of Mauritius is nearly Denver's antipode, where you would end up if you dug a hole in Coors Field all the way to the other side of the E…
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  • What will James Luna do at our Museum? Before we get to that question, let us begin with some background. James Luna is a critically acclaimed installation, performance, and video artist whose work has appeared in the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), the Whitney Museum and The Ne…
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  • You have likely heard the term "pow wow" -- but, what is a real pow wow? Join me as I tour the Annual Denver March Pow Wow, and speak with participants about the song, dance, food, and cultures of this unique gathering and celebration. Special thanks to Grace B. Gillette and Denver March Po…
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  • With life, inevitably arrives death, the great immovable mountain of the human landscape. Yet despite death's common claim, societies have developed their own particular ways of grieving, remembering, and healing. Each year, at November's beginning, we may share in one of the most dynamic c…
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  • Of all the animals that Native American cultures have used through the millennia, the eagle has played an especially important role. Bald and golden eagles are used for headdresses, ceremonial attire, staff, ritual whistles, and many other sacred items. Eagles are among the principal animal to…
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  • Every year since 2008, the Denver Museum has hosted Native community members through its Visiting Indigenous Fellowship Program, generously funded by the Dodge Family Fund and the Calvin A. and Virginia J. Powers Family Fund. This year we were honored to host Dallin Maybee and Adrian John, who…
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  • People and the dog show. Culture Lab explores the human-dog relationship through a visit to the Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show of the Colorado Kennel Club.
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  • Just over a year ago, the US Department of the Interior implemented a new rule to guide the return of Native American human remains from museums that could not be culturally affiliated with a modern day tribe. This new regulation, a part of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriatio…
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