The following resources may be used to provide both historical and present day information about the implications of slavery and settler colonialism and how these play a role in the complexities of decolonizing museums. For more information on various resources, click here.
This playlist collects the songs and stories from then and now. Beginning and ending with familiar voices while traveling through many perspectives of struggle, loss, hope, and change. It highlights the similarities of these groups of people. The common revolution. The common dream. The wish that we all will be able to shine, free and happy. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed creating.
DECOLONIZATION VIDEO PLAYLIST
This playlist contains varied resources that can help us continue thinking through the complexities of museum decolonization. Included are videos that deal directly with museum decolonization, from popular media to scholarly talks, as well as a selection of music and dances from mainly African, Afro-descendent, and Indigenous groups.
DECOLONIZING MUSEUMS IN THE NEWS
Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed (1972)
DECOLONIZATION, NOT A WORD BY CECILIA ROSE LAPOINTE
What can you do, When colonization catapults onto your being, Burrows into your soul, Your heart, Your mind, Your family, Your hands, What do you do? When all you know is abuse, Addiction, What do you do? When all you know is to cry, There's no resources, There's no outlet, Even within the community, As much as people emphasize community, Community organizing, Community activist, I'm a community person, When people are still crying, Crying, In their homes, Alone, What do you do when this burrows in, What do you do to the intricate layers of oppression, When decolonization is not a word, Its not an idea, Not known, And your touting your activist language, When people are at home, They have no resources, No community, No activist organizing for them in their homes, What do you do when colonization burrows into your soul?
ON IMPERALISM BY RAZA ALI HASAN
Proxies—pertinent, prominent, proximate— impose war, sustain it. The Empire ever absent and seemingly elsewhere— evasive, persuasive, pervasive. Things are this complicated
ORGANIZATIONS, PROTESTS, AND MOVEMENTS
BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT
Indigenous Peoples Movement is uniting indigenous peoples from across the world to stand together to bring awareness to the issues affecting indigenous men, women, children and two spirits. Indigenous people from North, Central and South America, Oceania, Asia, Africa and The Caribbean are a target of genocide.
Presently, many indigenous people are victims of voter suppression, divided families by walls and borders, an environmental holocaust, sex and human trafficking, and police/military brutality with little or no resources nor awareness of these injustices.