Maasai Women: Creators of Culture, Keepers of Knowledge

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Maasai Women: Creators of Culture, Keepers of Knowledge

If you want to talk about decolonizing museums and other knowledge institutions in this world then you need to speak with those who preserve, produce, and pass on culture. In the fascinating and complex case of the Maasai and their engagement with museums in the UK, it is women who play an essential role in knowing about what an artifact is, how it is made, and why it is important. Despite this fact, in this growing global conversation, the voices we more often hear are male.

Today on the program we hear from two women of the Maasai, to learn about their role within communities as well as in the process of decolonizing the museums.

As always: Insight Share on Youtube and Twitter is where to see and hear more about the Maasai and other indigenous communities telling their own stories.

Jay Dedman: Rural America in Pandemic Times

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Jay Dedman: Rural America in Pandemic Times

Jay Dedman joins me on the podcast today from his home in Western Virginia, where land is plentiful and incomes are on average a bit lower than in the big city. What is happening in rural America during this global emegency, what does he see and what can we decipher when comparing countries, cities, counties, leaders, culture… any and all of it. Also zombies.

Flashback to Jay, Ryanne and I at the biggest flea market in Amsterdam

Matthew Dons: Tracking Corona Virus From Japan

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Matthew Dons: Tracking Corona Virus From Japan

As someone living with terminal cancer, Matthew Dons is not one who would panic in the face of a global pandemic. From his home in Tokyo he joins us on the podcast today to talk about what is happening in Japan, but also what it is like to be a person with a compromised immune system in the midst of the international corona virus crisis. Listen and enjoy and then go support his GoFundMe to help him continue to live.

Decolonizing Museums: The Maasai & Oxford

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Decolonizing Museums: The Maasai & Oxford

Almost three years ago Samwel Nangiria paid a visit the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. While there he was presented with objects gathered from his culture around 100 years ago. To his shock the collection included items that should never be in the possession of a museum or out of the hands of specific members of the Maasai community. He would eventually express his feelings to the museum, and what follows has become a fascinating and at times emotional engagement to de-colonize museums and empower the Maasai to tell their own story of who they are as a living culture today.

Check out Maasai and other Participatory Video (PV) productions on Insight Share’s Youtube Channel.