Questions for North Americans to Consider
In what ways has the history of European and North American colonialism affected—and not affected—the arts in the southern hemisphere?
Why are the names of collectors mentioned so often in books about textiles and fiber arts? Why are European names listed as the musicians on many recordings?
Why are the names of individual artists who created these textiles, dances, pieces of music, and plays often not mentioned?
Do the maps of the world we commonly use in North America reflect a Eurocentric or northern hemispheric bias, or are they just maps?
How many of these books and recordings were created from an anthropological perspective? How does that differ from books about the arts of other parts of the world?
De-colonize the library?
What can libraries do to decolonize the way we organize information, unlearn settler colonial practices, and recognize and support Indigenous cultures?
One of South Africa’s most iconic works about liberation, the musical "Sarafina!" was conceived and directed by Mbongeni Ngema, who also wrote the book, music, and lyrics with additional songs by Hugh Masekela.
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