Recognizing that Penn State University was built on land belonging to the Haudenosaunee, Lenape, Shawnee, and Susquehanna Nations, a new exhibition “Indigenous Roots/Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences” reflects on the past five centuries of colonization and cultural exchange between Indigenous Peoples, Europeans, Africans, and later, Americans. By drawing upon art and textual works from three major collections at Penn State: the Eberly Family Special Collections Library, the Matson Museum of Anthropology, and The Palmer Museum of Art, the exhibition will explore the processes of social, religious, and political adaptation, what it means to be rooted in or unrooted from one’s land, and how searching out unfamiliar routes forces others to travel new ones.
"Indigenous Roots/Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences" is scheduled for display through Mar. 15, 2020 in the Special Collections Exhibition Gallery, 104 Paterno Library on Penn State’s University Park campus.
Photo: "Itzcuintlán: el Camino al Mictlán" byAntonio Guerra González. México, D.F.: Taller Azul, Arte Útil, 2013. Itzcuintlán—the Place of the Dogs—in Astec mythology is the first of nine levels the newly dead must pass through to reach Mictlán, the Underworld. Mictlán was only reached after four years of wandering.