January 28, 2005: Headlines: Museums: Libraries: Endangered Peoples: Centre Daily Times: RPCV Helen Sheehy is Exhibit Organizer for "Endangered Peoples: Struggling to Survive in a Global World" at Penn State

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RPCV Helen Sheehy is Exhibit Organizer for "Endangered Peoples: Struggling to Survive in a Global World" at Penn State

RPCV Helen Sheehy is Exhibit Organizer for Endangered Peoples: Struggling to Survive in a Global World at Penn State

RPCV Helen Sheehy is Exhibit Organizer for "Endangered Peoples: Struggling to Survive in a Global World" at Penn State

Exhibit explores globalism's effect on cultures

By Cole Hons

For the CDT

The Diversity Studies Room at Pattee Library on Penn State's University Park campus is hosting an exhibit titled "Endangered Peoples: Struggling to Survive in a Global World." The concept grew out of the university libraries' global studies group's desire to highlight Pattee's resources on endangered peoples.

Featuring several glass cases filled with books, flyers and unique artifacts from around the globe, the exhibit offers a wide variety of vibrant and sometimes jarring imagery. Posted a few feet away from a photograph of a traditionally dressed Mayan Indian woman sitting with her child in front of a huge Coca-Cola sign in Guatemala City, a statement on the wall at the entrance to the room encapsulates the purpose of the exhibit with this quote from the Web site TurningPoint.org: "Every place is becoming everyplace else: monoculture. Get there before it's ruined."

"As globalization accelerates," the statement asks, "are we headed toward a world 'monoculture,' and what are we losing of the world's cultural and biological diversity?"

The United Nations estimates that fewer than 300 million indigenous peoples survive on their native lands, retaining much of the cultural heritage of their ancestors.

Their oral traditions, languages, crafts, music, performing arts, and traditional knowledge of nature and medicine are all at risk.

This exhibit looks at a few of the many cultures at risk of disappearing and prompts viewers to reflect on what that loss would mean to the world's cultural, spiritual and intellectual heritage.

The materials in the exhibit all came from the libraries' collection and the personal collections of faculty and staff.

Books with titles such as "Globalisation," "The Cultural Dimension of Development," "Victims of Progress" and "Cultural and Spiritual Values of Biodiversity" sit alongside a wide variety of photos and objects representing indigenous people from the world's continents.

Figurines, rugs, tapestries, carvings, baskets, pottery, utensils and other fascinating items bear silent testimony to the cultural richness of planetary culture.

Exhibit organizer and international documents librarian Helen Sheehy said that "looking at it holistically in terms of all of the cultures" was the most exciting aspect of putting it all together.

"I think because I've actually lived and worked with some endangered peoples in the Peace Corps," said Sheehy, "I gained a broad perspective of what we're likely to lose culturally."





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