"North America Native Museum (NONAM)" Zürich Things to Do Tip by Nemorino

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  • 1. In the museum - Zürich
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  • 2. A birch bark canoe - Zürich
      2. A birch bark canoe
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1. In the museum
2. A birch bark canoe
3. A kayak
4. The museum from the outside

This museum used to be called the "Zurich Indian Museum", but in 2003 it was re-named because they decided the label "Indian" was an over-simplification. On their website they explain:

If we use the blanket term “Indian” to describe all the different tribes, groups, bands, and nations of America, it is just about as unrepresentative and misleading as if we were to exclusively apply the term “European” to denote our own background. In reality, North American cultures display an immense range of cultural diversity, just as Europe does. Or, do you wish to claim that there is no difference between, let’s say, Swedes and Spaniards?

The permanent exhibition at the North America Native Museum is divided into six large regions of the United States and Canada, namely the Great Plains and the Prairie, the Northeastern Woodlands, the Sub-arctic Region, the Arctic, the Northwest Coast and the Southwestern Desert.

The accompanying text panels are well-researched and very informative, but they are in German only.

Address: Seefeldstr. 317
Directions: Location in OpenStreetMap
Phone: +41 43 499 24 40
Website: http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/kultur/en/index/institutionen/native_american_and_inuit_cultures.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 18, 2012
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