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In 1895, King Njoya of the Bamum, an ethnic group from what is now western Cameroon, invented an alphabet to record the history of his people. Njoya, who traced his linaege back 16 or 17 generations of kings, was insipred … Continue reading
William Marple: Mount Tamalpais from Napa Slough (1869) The name “Tamalpais” derives from the Coast Miwok name for the mountain, támal pájiṣ, which means “west hill.” The Coast Miwok numbered between 1,500 and 2,000 before the arrival of Europeans to … Continue reading
A still from Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa’s performance piece Breve Historia de la Arquitectura en Guatemala (2013). The performers are Diego Sagastume and Jennifer De León.
Alexandre Pierre Marie Dumoutier: plaster cast of Matua Tawai, a New Zealander of Ikanamawi (1838) Moulage sur nature became a powerful freezing and fixation tool used to document a natural and even human hic et nunc status. In the great … Continue reading
An anti-colonialist poster from the early 1970’s produced by the Pan-African Liberation Committee in Brookline, Massachusetts: “There are but two sides in a war—she fights on the side of African freedom – Gulf finances the other.” At the time, Angola … Continue reading
John Ogilby: America- Being the Latest, and Most Accurate Description of the New World (1671); the book is an English translation of Arnold Montanus’s De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld. The title of this plate is “Viztlipuztli idolum Mexicanorum” —The Mexicans’ … Continue reading
The Huexotzinco Codex is an eight-sheet document on amatl, a pre-European paper made in Mesoamerica. It is part of the testimony in a legal case against representatives of the colonial government in Mexico, ten years after the Spanish conquest in … Continue reading
The most contentious aspect of [the mid-19th-century British project to survey Ireland, 1825–46] is the way in which place names were anglicized, replaced by English alternatives or simply mis-recorded….Irish names were altered…mostly through the processes of “dictation” in which a … Continue reading
Senegalese artist Omar Victor Diop stages his self-portraits as historical photographs—complete with “original” dates. The photo above, for example, is titled A Moroccan man (1913); the one to the left is Dom Nicolau (Circa. 1830–1860). Both are from his 2014 … Continue reading