PHOTO: © Ansicht der temporären Ausstellung „Gegen den Strom. Die Omaha, Francis La Flesche und seine Sammlung" im Humboldt Forum (c) Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Alexander Schippel

Ein Sammler zwischen zwei Welten - Francis La Flesche und seine Sammlung

In the organizer's words:

The exhibition "Against the Current. The Omaha, Francis La Flesche and His Collection" is the result of a multi-year collaboration between faculty and students of the Nebraska Indian Community College and a team of curators from Berlin. Its central point of departure is a collection of objects commissioned by the Ethnological Museum of Berlin in the late 19th century and assembled by Francis La Flesche (1857-1932).

Francis La Flesche is considered the first indigenous ethnologist in North America. With him, the exhibition shines a light on a personality who is representative of numerous Indigenous actors without whom ethnological research and collecting could not have taken place. His life and work are inextricably linked to the history of the oppression of the indigenous population of North America and can only be understood against this background.

What is the significance of collecting for Umóⁿhoⁿ today? How do they look at their past and what makes their way of life today?

The guided tour of the exhibition illuminates the colonial-historical context of the creation of Francis La Flesche's collection, delves into his biography, and provides insights into the perspectives of members of the Umóⁿhoⁿ on their history and culture.

  • Duration: 60 min
  • from 16 years
  • Language: German
  • Group size: max. 15 people
  • Belongs to Against the Current
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Humboldt Forum Schloßplatz 10178 Berlin

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