20 May 2016 - 8 January 2017
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The Large (450 object) and beautifully designed exhibition 'AMAZONIA: The Shaman and the Mind of the Forest', is on until 8 January 2017. The rich MEG collection for the Amazon goes back to the 18th century, includes substantial 19th C collections made by traders, and then many anthropological expeditions from the 1960s onwards. There is lots of historical context, an emphasis on shamanism and hunting, and then detailed displays for ten or more individual cultures, such as the Tukano. There is a great deal of fine featherwork on display, but also barkcloth, psychoactive substances, baskets and other material culture. The exhibition emphasises that these are living peoples, with abundant use of films throughout. Not only is there a lot to see and learn, but there are also 13 subtle & engaging soundscapes throughout the exhibition space, reflecting the Museum's long-standing interest in ethnomusicology.
Mark Nesbitt (Research Leader, Economic Botany, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew).