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Posted by Sadie from D006060.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu ( on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 11:31PM :

In Reply to: Re: Bush's top cultural adviser steps down over l posted by Iraqi Panch from ( on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 4:39PM :

Haven't they been cheating the Native Americans of their heritage since this glorious country was founded?

I love going to a museum in the States, only to see Native American artifacts from South America - gorgeous, ingenious pre-Columbian works - hanging there on the wall or inside a glass exhibition case.... Or going to a museum in a former European colonial power & checking out their collections of antiquities from Africa & Asia....

They've been stripping indigenous peoples of their histories & artifacts for a long time.

THOUGH, someone did point out to me the other day that some "non-Western" cultures may not have had museums or practiced archaeology in those days, as museums & archaeology appear to be a Western cultural notion. Correct me if I'm wrong. I don't know much of the history of museums or the field of archaeology.

However, I can say that libraries have been around in the Mid East for ages....

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