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Almost every spring, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a course in student participation and hands-on interaction with unique and amazing artifacts from around the world. From China to Brazil and Spain to New Zealand, covering 97 regions or countries, our ethnological collection provides an extensive resource for museum studies students (ANT 374).

dr Kate Driscoll was again privileged to teach museum studies, with the stated aim of providing an opportunity to “investigate the history, organization, and administration of museums, and the methods of acquiring, preserving, and exhibiting artifacts. As you scroll down the page, you will see the group work and descriptions of their showcases, which show the culmination of a semester’s effort. Take a trip to the second floor of Schroeder Hall’s West Wing to see these exhibits in person, or visit the full digital Anthropology Teaching Collection at the Milner Library.

A world of fear by Laura Erickson, Chell O’Doran and Quinn Sherwin

To build a shared understanding and a broader, more connected world community, this exhibition features artifacts from different cultures that may evoke a sense of fear or unease in the viewer. Exhibited here are objects that represent fear in their culture of origin, and some that don’t, but can still convey that feeling to a Western audience.

By using culture-specific symbols and iconography, we can examine how our fear instincts are culturally shaped and develop a way of looking at the cultures of others with more nuance and understanding.

We present the artifacts in a way that challenges the viewer to think about them with an emphasis on cultural relativism. Questions such as “How are fears presented?” and “To what extent are fears the same or different across cultures?” can be asked.

What are you afraid of and how might that be different from other people around the world? Come to our exhibition and find out!

Mexican traditional masks by Tucker Rogan, Kathryn Gomez and Lillian Kell

As a group we found that we were all interested in the traditional Mexican masks. We believed this was the largest collection the school owned, with multiple shelves of masks. So we felt that we would have the most options or ways to design our exhibition. Our goal was to represent Mexican culture through their traditional masks. A majority of the masks are ceremonial, like the indigenous devil faces, while some are decorative or artistic. Since we wanted to depict Mexican history through the masks, we also wanted to keep things simple. Our exhibition is fairly self-explanatory for the viewer and allows them to appreciate the great craftsmanship as well.

Ceremonial Tableware by Brianne Bittenbinder, Elena Cotter, Michaela Schroeder

Our exhibition showcases ceremonial tableware from China, India and Nepal with the aim of educating our audience on the similarities and similarities between them; especially how they contrast in material, ornamentation and use. Typically used for special occasions, ceremonial tableware is made of precious materials such as gold or silver. The artefacts are presented as a dining table, with each country having its own setting, and other household items are included to make the space feel like a meal is taking place in a home.

North American Animal Art by Maddie Davidson, Casey Oskroba, Lilah Bobinski and Tony Vecchio

Our exhibition is called North American Animal Art. It covers a variety of countries in North America from different periods that have created art in the form of animals. We compared and contrasted the different materials and animal species found in these different countries. There was no overlap in countries making art, but there was one country that had used an animal multiple times. This country is Mexico and the animal is a bull. There have been three instances of this animal appearing in the art of this country, two of the three using the same source material: clay. It was found that in the four different countries we observed, namely Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica and Canada, clay and metal were heavily used in all countries. While some other materials such as wood and stone were used, it was clay and metal that were most prevalent in the lands. This combines them all into one collection of artworks.

Made in Japan by Jen Bresley, Renee Fishburn and Jon Otto

our museum exhibition, Made in Japan, showing the different styles of Japanese toys, categorized by the materials used in construction. The different materials used in the manufacture of the toys, such as wood and paper, are divided into two areas in our exhibition. We have different types of toys and leisure objects in the different regions of Japan and present them in a way that pays tribute to the craftsmanship and craftsmanship used in the production of these toys. Some of our favorite pieces in the exhibit are an 8-foot paper dragon kite and the Maneki-Neko cat statue, which signifies good luck. Another favorite is the Japanese Daruma doll, which we have as the focal point of our exhibit. Another lucky symbol, this doll is often painted in different colors, each color having a specific meaning. The eyes are also unfinished, as the Daruma doll’s owner is supposed to draw them in once her wish has been granted. The Dragon Dragon, Maneki Neko Cat, and Daruma Doll are just some of the amazing pieces in our exhibition showcasing these exquisite Japanese toys. Each piece featured in the exhibition is accompanied by an information card explaining the meaning behind the toy and why it was made. Articles are separated by material to show the differences in construction and use between paper and wood. Each construction method includes a small analysis of why toys were made from wood instead of paper and vice versa.

Filipino textiles by Ayushi Shukla, Julia Carranza, Charlie Nangle and Allie Saunders

Our exhibition aims to present traditional Filipino textiles. The display contains six different textiles that have different purposes. For example, there are two woven loincloths of different designs and lengths, as well as a tapis skirt, a burial blanket, a striped loincloth, a Kalinga wedding sash, and a satin handkerchief. We placed text next to each textile to show what it was generally intended for and what material it was made from.

Check out the art and history captured in the beautiful fabrics of the Philippines.

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