For ASB 311 Kristin Koptiuch Discovering Rastafari Exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum Washington DC, November 2007 (ongoing)
Washington Memorial • and memorial to Iraq War dead
On the mall • Capitol Building
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Rift Valley, East Africa Giza Pyramids, Egypt Jake Homiak, Exhibit curator and Director of the National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History (cultural anthropologist) (right) Ras Maurice Clark, Exhibit Advisor (left)
Rastafari The movement, which has more than one million adherents, is "not about singing reggae," says Jake Homiak, a cultural anthropologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. "It taps into an enormously deep root—a sense of longing for a place in the world by peoples of African descent."
Watch Bob Marley sing War, based on Emperor Selassie’s 1963 speech to the UN, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzfetO-RACg
Marcus GarveyJamaican-born Marcus Garvey founded the largest mass black movement in history, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). This movement started in Jamaica and spread Garvey's message to the rest of the Caribbean, and Central and North America.
Persecution of Rastafari Click For Video 1.21 min
Emperor Halie Selassievisit to Jamaica 1966 Click For Video 1.10 min
The Caribbean • In the mid-1970s, reggae music spread Rastafari throughout the Caribbean. Rastafari elders followed in the 1980s and 1990s, carrying the movement to people who speak French, Spanish, and Dutch. The Caribbean Rastafari Organization now represents all these people. • United States • In the beginning of the 1960s, Rastafari arrived in metropolitan cities with large Caribbean populations—New York, Hartford, Miami, Washington, and Chicago. New York City hosts and annual Caribbean festival featuring reggae music. • (These quotes are from the exhibit)
Bob Marley—War. Another YouTube video with a bit of history and the famous song with Halie Salassie’s speech.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFvuo41AoMUMost photos of the exhibit were taken by kristin koptiuch, 11/07. RESOURCES Dread History: The African Diaspora, Ethiopianism, and Rastafari http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/migrations/rasta/rasta.html