The Virtual Museum As Vector
On Self Representation of National or Ethnic Groups or Minorities
by Reg Zell
Through the years, national or ethnic groups have become increasingly marginalised. They are contained and managed by administrators; any self-representation is denied them. Many States treat them as a budgetary liability and even considered as unsustainable!
To propagate knowledge about these groups, a dedicated Virtual Museum is the only solution: a simple, specifically designed website where ethnic groups can present themselves without any interference from outsiders. This solution is now explored via the use of case-study on the Negritos of the Philippines in a museum and in an exhibition. Here they are NOT ignored; one is made aware of their proper history, their singular material culture and their intangible heritage, to wit, their culinary arts and their encyclopaedic knowledge of medicinal plants.
Reg Zell holds a degree in Communication Design from the University of Applied Sciences at Augsburg, Germany, and did post-graduate studies at Kingston University London. - Encouraged by the late Director of the Philippine National Museum, Fr. Gabriel Casal, Reg Zell began publishing in 2000 the results of his research on the Negritos of the Philippines that considered recent scientic findings and reevaluated their material and intangible culture. - His biography of the Irish-born John M. Garvan, eminent Negrito reseracher, has been praised by the Austrian Prof. Dr. Hermann Hochegger, SVD, Moedling, a Negrito specialist. - During a regional museums conference held in September 2012 at the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan, China, Reg Zell addressed delegates from around the world on the general indifference to the history and culture of the Negritos, and his intention to create a virtual museum in 2013 consecrated solely to this indigenous population and which will be known as VMN.
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