Last Friday, I had the pleasure of going to the Mathers Museum of World Cultures for my Introduction to International Studies class (I100).
After talking to several of my friends who had already visited the museum, I honestly wasn't expecting very much. I was pleasantly surprised.
The museum had an impressive collection of world artifacts and the exhibits were extremely interesting. Two homes from 1967, one from Nigeria and one from the United States, were on display. I was able to walk through both homes and get a sense of the environment in which the families lived.
My class was told to pick one object or artifact and answer a few questions about it after analyzing it. I picked a necklace worn by the Sindhi women in Pakistan in the mid-20th century. It was made of thread and three large metal hexagonal plates. Such artifacts can tell you so much about one's culture.
Although one of my majors is International Studies, I believe this museum will appeal to many people who genuinely find other cultures fascinating. I have had the privilege of traveling across the world and experiencing different cultures. The Mathers Museum truly takes you back in time.
I encourage all of you to spare an hour next weekend and explore the Mathers Museum. If I had time, I would most likely be volunteering, but I'm a pretty busy person.
Generally, I just think it's very important for everyone to be respectful and interested in other cultures. Indiana University is a very diverse campus and the Mathers Museum definitely shows diversity in its exhibits.
If you would like to know more about the museum, here is the link to the official website: http://www.indiana.edu/~mathers/index.html
I hope you all have a fabulous week! Only two weeks until Spring Break!
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