All posts filed under: South America

brazil, mask, tourism, colours, ethnic, moesgaard, ethnography, anthropology, aarhus, denmark

Mask, Brazil

In the archive of the Ethnographic Collections, Moesgaard Museum, there is a file called “Tourist in the 1960s”. There are no artefacts related to the file, but the files bears witness to an interest in tourism in the middle of the 20th century. Tourism as […]

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Strange tourism: Fake shrunken head

The objects in our museum collections have often travelled far to get here. They have made their way to Denmark in the luggage of Arctic explorers, khaki clad adventurers, inquisitive anthropologists, devout missionaries, and curious tourists. But once in a while, they just show up […]

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comb, bolivia, moesgaard museum, de etnografiske samlinger, ethnography, collections, museum, aarhus, denmark

Tales of the ordinary: Bolivian comb

In the galleries of museums – the almost holy institutions of Knowledge – audiences expect to see treasures, exotic objects, and curiosities from around the world. Objects that can excite, create fear, joy, and admiration. But, how does this comb fit into that picture? An […]

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txamatxama, Katxuyana, feather headdress, adornment, amazon, brazil, moesgaard museum, de etnografiske samlinger, ethnography, collections, museum, aarhus, denmark

Txamatxama feather adornment

The txamatxama at Moesgård Museum, EA41-0026. Photo Astrid Kieffer-Døssing, 2015.   Join us as guest blogger Astrid Kieffer-Døssing, who holds an MA in Sustainable Heritage Management from Aarhus University, tells us about the marvellous txamatxama feather adornment of the Katxuyana. A braided base and three […]

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In Other Shoes – Mexican Sandals

“Mexican sandals. Given to me on February 22nd 1958 by professor F. Bonet, Mexico D.F. The Spanish-Mexican name for sandals is “huaranches”. The soles are made of leather and the rest are straps, braided in a particular way. On the left sandal there is an […]

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