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The histories of the various regions of the Americas are as diverse as their indigenous cultures: Haida, Kwakwakaʼwakw, Inca, Moche, Maya, Nahuatl, Lakota and many others. For most of them, contact with the European colonial powers was associated with genocide and the loss of cultural goods and knowledge. In the dialogical tour, you will discuss current collaborations with First Nations from Canada and indigenous societies from the Amazon region as well as the museum’s handling of cultural assets from colonial contexts, restitution claims and restitution.

Encounter dance masks that the Canadian Kwakwaka’wakw used in 19th century ceremonies to depict mythological stories. Get to know a forerunner of today’s sports competitions with the stone-carved scenes of the ritual ball game from Mesoamerica. The focus is on ethnological and archaeological perspectives as well as current debates such as the protection of indigenous languages, self-determination and the preservation of natural resources.


Practical Notes

  • Piktogramm Meeting point & time
    Meeting point & time

    The meeting point for guided tours and the location for workshops can be found on your booking confirmation. In order for the tour to begin punctually, please arrive 15 minutes before the programme is due to start. We ask that you allow for this additional quarter hour when planning your visit.

  • Piktogramm Cloakroom

    Please leave your jackets and coats as well as bags larger than A4 in our cloakroom on the ground floor, or in the lockers. Use of the cloakroom is free of charge.

  • Piktogramm Lockers

    Lockers are available on the ground floor for smaller items of luggage.

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