Dummy 6: Museums
There are definitely
still some mummy dummies around who contribute to the disrespectful
exhibition of human remains. Here is my list of mummies that should
be buried or returned as soon as possible:
Lemon Grove Mummies at the Museum of Man (San Diego, CA).
Stolen from Mexico, these native American mummies have been
displayed for all to see. The Mummy Dummies don't understand that it
is unjustifiable to display native American
"Mummies of the Insane" at the Barbour County Historical
Museum (Philippi, WV). A misguided doctor's mummymaking
experiment, the bodies were taken from a nearby insane asylum. Mummy
Dummies don't understand why the experiment was wrong--and why the
display of these bodies is wrong as well.
Guanajuato Mummies at the Museum de las momias (Guanajuato,
Mexico). Removed from their graves for failing to pay a grave tax,
these bodies were found to be naturally mummified; then the Mummy
Dummies took over.
The Toi Moko
Maori heads from New Zealand at the American Museum of Natural
York City). Sacred to the Maori, the largest collection of these
tattooed heads is at this museum in its ethnological specimens. The
Perth Museum in Scotland recently returned its two heads. Why can't
the AMNH do the same?