Something I have seen my entre time at Museums is the old version of the ethnographic exhibit. These older exhibits, like the ones I experienced were depicting the people as not a civilized as the American population. I see a lot of museums such as the Field in Chicago still maintaining and operating these exhibits.
One specific exhibit that I remember from when I was a Kid is the exhibit involving lions the at ate people on the African Savanna. They are called the Lions of Tsavo, They killed over 30 people When they were alive, I remember my dad telling me the story of them when I was a little girl. I never really noticed the brass statues until I was older.
The Brass statues portray the African ribal people trying to fight off the Lions. Not only are they portrayed as primitive it actually never happened that way. The lions attacked the construction workers building a railroad. They were killed by 2 men leading an expedition for the railroad.
These people were not helpless. They have been living on the African savanna for a while and the portrayal of them being helpless is not accrate at all. I think that this is one of the most interesting old exhibit at the museum. I think that the prtrayel of the tribal people is the most interesting point because these lions were killed in 1891. That this is one of the interesting parts to me how the age of the exhibit effects portrayal