I just remembered the best story about my parents
Sometime after they moved back to america, they got a dog. My dad wanted to name the dog “puppy” in japanese, because he thought it would be cool
my mom, being the smart sassy woman she is, told him the word is “Unchi”
Unchi means poop. or little shit
my mom named the dog little shit and didn’t tell my dad until the dog was responding to it
that is amazing
Iraqi student Zeidoun Alkinani protesting the possession of ancient Iraqi artifacts by Germans at the Babylonian Ishtar Gate in the Pergamon Museum of Berlin.
Prior to World War I, German archaeologists excavated large numbers of ancient artifacts across what is today Iraq and shipped them to Germany as part of a larger phenomenon of cultural pillage by European archaeologists across the Middle East that continued for decades.
In 2002, Iraqi officials asked for the return of the Gate, to no avail. A year later, the U.S. invaded the country.
Nodding. I really do wish western museums would own up to how they got their shit and give it back, make some fair or temporary trade (give us this for x years and we will give you y western art/architecture on loan too), buy it, or do replicas.
Western museums did not come across most of their collections honestly, even if it was acquired hundreds of years ago and I wish white people would own that shit. Work with world museums to rotate and share, work to give back stolen property and make reparations, instead of playing finders keepers.
think about this at every exhibit in the West on African artifacts; Egyptian artifacts; Native American artifacts; Mayan/Aztec artifacts; etc. (any non-European ancient exhibit, really):
there is blood and tears on many of these pieces. they were not bought and sold and traded. they were taken. forcefully.
Especially the historical pieces from Africa and Egypt…Many of them were straight up stolen from sacred burial grounds and religious areas.