I do not have a strong understanding of the coming to being of the American States and hadn't realized that the the Native Americans had been 'peer pressured' into following the white immigrants? settlers perhaps, ways. I wondered if they treated the Africans differently or if they followed in every way.
I was particularly interested in the turn of the use of history, from a story in itself to one which admitted more openly the use to which we put history - understanding and constructing our understanding of ourselves in a public, and often national context. I am writing from Ireland and I am currently working on a paper on the big house in the Irish heritage landscape. One practice/theory that I have come across is 'hot interpretation', relating to emotional, personal and relational histories. The heritage resource's interpretation will always have emotive elements and in (David Uzzell's) hot interpretation, this factor is used to push the visitor, the inheritor to question or think about their own values, understandings and identity. In my own limited experience this question is not fully explored in the Big House - the nature of the Anglo-Irish values combined with the local Irish entrapped to be its servants and suppliers. when you asked about art relating to telling the story I thought of an image of a girl, pressed against a fabriced wall with candelabra on with side, pressed into stiff pause of begin almost overwhelmed by the structures and demanding social existence and on the other side a female servant resting, exhaustedly, in a dim hall agains a plain white plastered wall. I enjoyed hearing Tiya's understanding and perspective and it brought more thought and visions to my own - thank you.
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