Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Fine Art Center in Dunedin
First off I must say that our life style has radically changed, at least for now. John certainly would rather be on the road, but I enjoy my time with the grandchildren.
The exhibit, which I enjoyed at this museum the most, is titled" Dignity: Tribes in Transition". Photographs on display here were taken by Dana Gluckstein. For thirty years she photographed Indigenous Peoples around the world fighting for their land, their traditions, their languages, against large companies, their governments and missionary zeal. In 1970 representatives from tribes in North America took their concerns to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Their declaration of rights was approved by all nations except a few- America and Canada did not sign it. Fortunately President Obama signed it in 2010. There is an article in this exhibit written by Desmond Tutu in which he notes that "umbuntu" is needed world-wide. In the Nguni Bantu language it translates roughly to "human kindness". It is the essence of what it is to be human, that we are inter-dependent with other human beings and the rest of creation. A bit of human kindness is certain needed in our political discourses during this election year!