Buffalo Bill Reading Response

This reading was very intriguing altogether. The ways in which history is taught or showcased has always been fascinating to me. I had never really thought about what I was not being taught, or being taught correctly, while I was still in high school. However, when I got to college, my history professor made it his mission to show us common things that are left out of high school textbooks, and it is honestly so sad and frustrating that people teach, or in this case show off, the history they want others to see or believe. I completely agree with these authors that the makers of this museum are praising masculinity and whiteness, while “carnivalizing” the actual brutal events that took place (87). People’s conceptions of the “colonization of America” has always been hilarious to me because so many believe the children’s tales about it, especially the story in regards to Thanksgiving. Noone wants to focus on the fact that the Europeans arrival and “take over” killed off ninety percent of the Native American population, many by disease and many by force. However, apparently, it was a happy time where the Native Americans and the Whites came together as one and lived happily ever after. I thought it was really interesting, what Chris said, that majority of individuals believe the stories taught in museums over those with a PhD in history. It makes total sense to me because museums are thought to be one hundred percent correct, otherwise, why is it on showcase? This gives those who are producing a privately funded museum the freedom, if they so choose, to mislead others to believing their version of history, which could be potentially dangerous.

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