University of Michigan Exhibit Museum Indian Dioramas.

These are a series of Dioramas that were on the 2nd floor of the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History for many years, until in late 2009, after years of pressure from student groups and Native American organizations, Musuem management took the dioramas down from display. http://www.annarbor.com/news/native-american-dioramas-at-u-m-exhibit-museum-of-natural-history-to-be-removed-jan-4/

They had been in a hallway with stuffed specimens of animals, flora,  and wildlife that were namely extinct or endangered in Michigan and the Upper Midwest.

I took these pictures with my cellphone camera about a month before the displays were removed.

I can understand the intellectual reasoning of taking down these outdated and un-historically correnct dioramas from display; but at the same time I am saddened to lose a part of childhood, as I had come to love these dioramas for their quaint and comfortable vibrancy, especially when viewed from the warmth of the musuem on a cold winter’s day.

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Born in Detroit. Naturalist writer-thinker-poet living in the Greenbelt around Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
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