International Museum Day at the International Museum of Cultures in Dallas, Texas

International Museum of Cultures


International Museum Day

Saturday May 14, 2011

from 12 pm to 4 pm

Museum Entrance is free!

(for directions, click here)

Members of Dallas’ Indian, Laotian, and Korean communities will be performing songs and dances from their cultures hourly, beginning at 1 pm.

Museums have numerous objects that are basic to the memory of the communities we live in. These objects are the expression of our natural and cultural heritage. Many of them are fragile, some endangered, and they need special care and conservation. International Museum Day 2011 is an opportunity to discover and rediscover our individual and collective memory.

Every year since 1977 International Museum Day is organized worldwide by the International Council of Museums. This day is an occasion to recognize the importance of museums in the development of society. Join us on May 14th at the International Museum of Cultures. Download the International Museum Day 2011 Flyer.

International Museum of Cultures present International Museum Day

Chronicle of a hunter-gatherer community in transition: Agta Demographic Database

Numerous scholars have asked about the raw data on which Thomas and Janet Headland based their study on the Agta, a hunter-gatherer population in the Philippines.
Now, those data are published with the full permission of the Agta people. View Agta Demographic Database: chronicle of a hunter-gatherer community in transition 23 pages

The study being referenced is the 1998 publication of Population Dynamics of a Philippine Rain Forest People.
Computer scientist Ray Uehara has worked with the Headlands to compile this database. This database consists of the records of 4,300 Agta individuals, 600 of whom are alive today. Of these, 284 are members of the San Ildefonso Agta, a subpopulation living on a peninsula separate from the larger Casiguran Agta Population on the mainland. Included in these records are the names, facial photographs, family histories, genealogies, and ancestors (dating back to the late nineteenth century) of today’s Agta. The data are complete with every birth, marriage, divorce, death, and in- and out-migration since 1950 to January 2010, for the 284-member San Ildefonso Agta subpopulation.

The International Museum of Cultures maintains a Philippine Agta exhibit. Please come visit us and learn more about the rich heritage of these people.

Read the SIL Language and Culture Documentation and Description 2 for more information about the authors of the reports referenced above.

People of the Tiger – the Yi of China

The International Museum of Cultures explores the myths of different peoples, such as the Yi peoples of China.

The Yi peoples of China are associated with the Tiger Spirit, a principal spirit of their folklore.  The Yi tiger myth tells of a Tiger Spirit who was god of the universe.  He came to earth one day, and a strong wind caused him to fall against a rock and die.  His head became the East, his hind parts the West, one paw became the North, and the other paw became the South.  The tiger’s flesh became the plants, and a hair of his mustache became buckwheat.

The majority of Chinese today are the Han nationality, numbering over 600 million.  The Yi are one of 57 nationalities in China, and our exhibit features some 500,000 of the Yi, known as the Central (or Chuxiong [chew-showng]) Yi.

The Central Yi live in Yunnan Province in Chuxiong Prefecture  – most preferring to live in the mountainous areas, away from the big cities.

This Yi exhibit at the museum features photos of the region and information on their farming industry, home life, art, music, dress and dance.

If you have more information on the Yi peoples of China, please share them with us.