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October 3 to October 12, 2017


Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions









Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Community Altar
Tuesday, October 3 to Wednesday, November 1
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays; 1 to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays

You're invited to add gifts to a community altar in honor of those who've passed, as it's customary to leave small offerings of items they would have enjoyed. The altar nurtures the memory of their lives, and each year it's built upon the foundation of the previous years offerings. The event will be free and open to the public.

First Thursdays (at Showalter Arts Plaza)
Thursday, October 5; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures and the First Nations Education and Cultural Center will partner to present two field games played by Native American peoples in the Eastern United States--stickball and lacrosse. Stickball originates in the South and is played with two racquets--one held in each hand. Lacrosse players use a single racquet. The event will be free and open to the public.

Negotiating Homelands and Sovereignty in Indiana Territory
Friday, October 6, 2017; 4 p.m.

As part of the Indiana University 2017 Themester, "Diversity, Difference, Otherness," the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology will present a public panel discussion exploring the intersections between difference, place, Indigenous identities, and tribal sovereignty in Indiana, past and present. "Negotiating Homelands and Sovereignty in Indiana Territory" will bring together tribal scholars, historians, and anthropologists to discuss different perspectives on how "otherness" and sovereign identities of tribes for whom Indiana Territory is considered homeland have been constructed, negotiated, and deconstructed in the wake of colonial expansion. The panelists will include George Ironstrack, Assistant Director of the Myaamia Center, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma; Stephen Warren, Professor of History, University of Iowa; Marcus Winchester, Director of Language and Culture, Pokagan Band of the Potawatomi; and Holly Cusack-McVeigh, Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, IUPUI. The discussion moderator will be Heather Williams, Program Assistant for IU First Nations Educational and Cultural Center. The panelists will address the central question, "How have Native Americans continued to be considered 'outsiders' in their ancestral tribal homelands?" Following panel presentations, there will be a moderated discussion, time for questions from the audience, and a reception with refreshments.

Celebration of New African Collections
Thursday, October 12; 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Join the staff and students of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures as we explore new collections of African artifacts (the B. David Kane Collection and the Hasan and Susan El-Shamy Collection) recently acquired by the museum. The event will be free and open to the public.


"Beijing’s 798 Art Zone" introduces the district and its ever-changing artistic landscape through photographs. (Closes 12/17/2017)

"Dark Water" features a series of works, including large scale embroideries and photographs, created by Jakkai Siributr, an IU alumnus and artist who explores the lives of refugees from Myanmar working in Thailand. The exhibit is sponsored by IU’s School of Education.(Closes 10/22/2017)

“A Different Look at Syria” draws upon the Dee Birnbaum Collection to offer a glimpse into the richness and diversity of material culture and deep history of an ancient nation. Syria has served as a crossroads of strategic trade routes and cultural exchange since 10,000 BC. Today, we hear of Syria in the context of its bloody civil war, a conflict that has cost nearly 450,000 lives, and caused the displacement of nearly 12 million of its citizens. While acknowledging the tragedy of Syria's present, the exhibit invites visitors to connect or reconnect with Syrian culture by learning about its jewelry and textiles to honor and preserve the work of its craftsmen, its women, and their stories. (Closes 1/21/2018)

"A Giving Heritage: Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community" explores the history of bridal attire among the Osage, a Native American people.The exhibit is sponsored by IU's American Indian Studies Research Institute, Committee on Native American and Indigenous Studies, Department of Apparel Merchandising and Design, and Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.(Closes 12/17/2017)

"The High Stakes of Macedonia’s ‘Colorful Revolution'" brings together the visual testimonies of three photographers--Robert Atanasovski, Vanco Dzambaski, and Kire Galevski--and their documention of the “Colorful Revolution.” The exhibit is sponsored by IU's Russian and East European Institute, School of Global and International Studies, and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures. (Closes 12/17/2017)

"Show and Tell--Making Craft at the John C. Campbell Folk School" looks at contemporary craft through the lens of the John C. Campbell Folk School, located in Brasstown, North Carolina. (Closes 7/27/2018)

"A Snapshot of Pakistan, 1965: The Madge Minton Collection" examines the common needs all people share. (Closes 12/16/2018)

"Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture?" explores the nature of culture. (Ongoing)

"Tools of Travel"
This exhibit features objects that people in different times and places have used to transport themselves and their belongings, exploring the technology of travel (wagon, saddle, sled, and canoe) and how it is powered (horse, camel, dog, and human). (Closes 12/17/2017)

Museum Store and Visitor Information





The Mathers Museum of World Cultures Exhibition Hall and Museum Store are open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission to Museum exhibits and programs is free.

Free visitor parking is available by the Indiana Avenue lobby entrance. Metered parking is available at the McCalla School parking lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Indiana Avenue. The parking lot also has spaces designated for Indiana University EM-P, EM-S, and ST permits. During the weekends free parking is available on the surrounding streets.

An access ramp is available at the southwest corner of North Fess Avenue and Ninth Street, at the entrance to the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology. Parking is available at the northwest corner of Fess Avenue and 9th Street, across from the ramp. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please call 812-855-6873 for directions and assistance.


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Mathers Museum of World Cultures
416 N. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408