From first moving to Fayetteville, it only took me about 3 years to discover this gem of a museum. In honor of the indigenous people who tend to be forgotten on October 12, I encourage you all to visit The Museum of Native American History (MONAH) in Bentonville, Arkansas. Columbus Day is not worth glorifying genocide, so please acknowledge Indigenous Peoples Day in the future.
At first glance, one can’t help but notice the giant teepee outside the main building. From the sight of the mammoth exhibit in the entrance way, it is clear that the MONAH has much to drain into the brain which desires to learn about Native American culture. Currently, the MONAH has artifact collections spanning over 5 time periods and goes back 14,000 years in the past to help people understand the development of art, culture and the people of the Americas. The MONAH even has an Artifact Blog where articles can be read about the gallery’s own personal collection.
I am looking forward to returning to the MONAH in hopes to see their current exhibit Companion Species: We are All Related. The collection will be on display from Nov. 21, 2020-May 31, 2021. This exhibit will feature artworks celebrating the interconnected web of relationships between humans, animals and nature. These artworks come from Native and non-Native artists from across time, space, and media. Companion Species: We are All Related is a collaboration project inspired from a piece of art featured at Crystal Bridges called Companion Species (Speech Bubble) by Marie Watt (Seneca).
Striving to understand other cultures and learn about the differences amongst people is an activity that people rarely think about doing. Often people tend to question, judge and stereotype what they do not understand. This needs to change. Please learn and educate yourself. Drain some knowledge into your brain before you add to the already created stigmas and racism that exist in the world today. Remember that everyone was once a stranger and we can all can benefit from educating ourselves on past history, even history that doesn’t belong to us.
Keep being drained by knowledge.