Indians: Indigenous Peoples of North America – Appealing Exhibition at Rosenheim, Germany

Motiv Indianer Ureinwohner Nordamerikas

How the West Was Lost– Source: Lokschuppen Rosenheim

From Los Angeles to Rosenheim is a long way, but such a worthy track.

U.S. Munich Consul General Robert Tribble

Presently the Lokschuppen (German for engine shed), an event and conference centre in the Bavarian city of Rosenheim, is showing an exhibition of the North American Natives from their very first times on the continent up to their social living conditions in the modern age.

The visitor already gets some initial impressions on the side of the Federal Highways southbound Munich like this:

Motiv Indianer Ureinwohner Nordamerikas

Somehow the official poster design conveys the stereotype impression of The Noble Savage. The „Winnetou“ novel by German writer and autodidactic Western expert Karl May becomes appreciable – at least within different promotional teasers and marketing text material on the exhibition. And as a kind of reception committee, nearby Lokschuppen, within the semicircular forecourt, a couple of oversized first nations‘ tipis are shown.

Although entertainment zone begins right here: The entire entrance area looks more than a main station concourse than an ethnological exhibition – an inevitable shop, selling specially designed Indian bread, the lively crowded „Café Lok„, and seperated reception lines daily awaiting the visitors‘ stampede.

However, after accessing the exhibition, the visitor instantly dips into initial times of settlement on the Western hemisphere. Due to different cultural orientation, major areas of population, and living environment, the exhibtion set-up brings emphasises like the Sioux and the Comanche nations at the prairie, Iroquois in the forests and aside the rivers, Apache at the southern plains, and the Inuit at Greenland. The entire compilation was curated outstandingly by Univ-Prof Dr Christian Feest, Director at The Museum of Ethnology, Vienna, jointly with a team of project planner, architects and graphic designers.
– Professor Feest said:

The particular of the […] exhibition is that it is not an Indian exhibition in a narrow sense. […] Some things are far from the prospect which one today has about the Native American.

In addition to the regular exhibition the program offers – hourly – guided tours, specials for school children as well as for teacher.

The exhibition center is located in the city of Rosenheim between Munich, Germany, north, Salzburg, east, and Innsbruck, both Austria, south. Since years, the Lokschuppen has become well-known for popular as well as scientific exhibitions on various main topics, e.g. spices (2010), and prehistorical dinosaurs (2009). In 1998 this old coach-house for locomotives was converted into one of the largest exhibition halls of Upper Bavaria.

Tupilak figure walrus ivory Eastern Greenland 1960

– A Tupilak figure from Eastern Greenland, made from walrus ivory (1960).
…Is this a true ancestor of Krusty the Clown?

General Information – in a nutshell:

  • The exhibition – original German title: Indianer Ureinwohner Nordamerikas – will run until 6 November 2011 at Rosenheim, Upper Bavaria, Germany (Laziseplatz, Rathausstraße 24, 83022 Rosenheim).
  • Tickets start at 5.50 Euro (children, from 5 yrs.) to 11.00 Euro (adults, regular). Various discounts are available.
  • The excellent exhibition catalogue, edited by Professor Christian Feest, w/ 4c illustration, 271 pages, costs 19.90 Euro.
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