The policy of restitution raises many questions. These questions are an invitation to reassess the role of museums, curators, and professionals within a system of appropriation, or rather possession and disaffection, which has failed to communicate the moral, historical, and scientific implications of separating an item from its historical context.
Trump’s Twitter intimidation may have been politically expedient bluster. But, it threatened our collective cultural legacy, regional stability, and scientific inquiry.
During a 2014 speech to the United Nations (UN) general assembly, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, declared that yoga was an “invaluable gift” of India’s ancient traditions. Soon after, the UN, with the support of 177 member countries, passed a resolution to make June 21st the International Day of Yoga (IDY), a day to celebrate the health and wellness benefits of yoga practice. Each year’s theme (environmental protection, international peace etc.) highlights one further potential for yoga to benefit the world. Though it is a UN observance, IDY is one of the most unified and widespread of India’s international cultural engagements.
Council for Museum Anthropology members, welcome to San José, CA! CMA is looking forward to this year’s AAA Annual Meeting, taking place November 14–18.
All members are encouraged to attend our general Business Meeting (4-0650 in the AAA program) on Friday, November 16, 12:15–1:30 PM to learn more about CMA initiatives, the journal, board membership, and upcoming events.