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The Hidden Life of Things: Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts and the Stories They Tell

The Andes and Amazonia have a long history of oral traditions. The absence of written documents has led some scholars and officials to characterize cultures in this region as a “people without history.” This exhibit presents the perspective that indigenous communities are by no means deficient in historical and cultural texts; that narratives of their experiences are richly inscribed in tactile surfaces and performance traditions rather than on paper. The exhibit challenges us to think critically about the limitations of Western literary canons that privilege written text and visual mediums, and about the advantages of acknowledging and including non-Western literacies in our classrooms and in our research. 

This exhibit includes interactive features for viewers with smartphones with a QR code reader app. There will be an opening reception for the Global Gallery exhibit. It will be held in the Global Gallery space on the 1st floor of Hagerty Hall on Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.

For more information visit Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures.