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IU's Mathers Museum of World Cultures a "Blue Star Museum"

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures (MMWC) at Indiana University is participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to recognize and support active duty military personnel and their families through special programs and exhibits.

At the MMWC Native Americans' contributions and commitments to military service are highlighted in "They are not afraid of hell itself.": Native Americans in World War I. The exhibit, on display in the adjoining Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, draws upon the museum's Wanamaker Collection of Native American Photographs. The collection features over 8,000 images, and thousands of pages of documentation that accompany images, that were gathered by Joseph Dixon between 1908 and 1923.

In the latter part of his work Dixon undertook a vast study of Native American participation in the war, taking hundreds of photographs of veterans in 1919 and 1920; interviewing these men and their officers; sending out thousands of survey forms about individual experiences in the war; and, in 1921, traveling to Europe to observe firsthand and photograph the sites where Native American soldiers had fought, been injured, and in many cases, died. The exhibit displays a small sampling of the photos and data that Dixon collected. The exhibit title comes from an interview Dixon conducted with Captain John N. Simpson after the war. When asked by Dixon if he would be willing to return to fight Germans with Native American soldiers, Captain Simpson replied "I wouldn't take anyone else. They are not afraid of hell itself."

"They are not afraid of hell itself.": Native Americans in World War I will be on exhibit through July 26.


About the Mathers Museum of World Cultures
The museum is located at 416 N. Indiana Ave. in Bloomington. Its exhibit halls and museum store are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, visit the museum's website at www.mathers.indiana.edu, or contact the museum at 812-855-6873 or mathers@indiana.edu. Free visitor parking is available by the Indiana Avenue lobby entrance. Metered parking is available at the McCalla School parking lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Indiana Avenue. The parking lot also has spaces designated for Indiana University C and E permits. During the weekends, free parking is available on the surrounding streets. An access ramp is located at the Fess Avenue entrance, on the corner of Ninth Street and Fess Avenue, and reserved parking spaces are available on Ninth Street, between Fess Avenue and Indiana Avenue.

About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect, and empower military families.

About the National Endowment for the the Arts and Blue Star Museums
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, awarding over four billion dollars to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013 Blue Star Museums that normally charge admission will be offering it free to military families. To find out what other museums are participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

 

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