– Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (Santayana)
– False culture brings degradation to human consciousness, pride and selfishness, colonization, discrimination and genocide of other nations.
True culture brings a new birth of consciousness, the revelation of a new path, and the spiritual fulfillment of mankind. (Poloz)
The Monument Museum of Native American Cultures serves in both the memory of the indigenous people of North America who suffered genocide and as an ode of joy and triumph for the beauty of their ancient art and culture. We believe that both features of Native American history will illustrate a fuller picture of the character and identity of the Native American soul and are an essential response to the new cultural, ethical and ecological needs of contemporary society.
IN THE MEMORY OF THE GENOCIDE OF NATIVE AMERICAN PEOPLE
An enormous amount of well-known cases were studied like the Jewish, Armenian, Assyrian, Cambodian, and Rwandan genocides, along with others, but not enough on the genocide of the indigenous people of North America. The destruction of Native American tribes has a long history beginning with Colonial rule that reflected the colonialist’s welfares and control over people, land, and natural resources.
Their unjustifiable behavior, brutality, and massacre have left a scar in the memory of the indigenous people, but has it for others? In vain some people might ask: How many today remember the genocide in North America? How many people even care about it?
We do care and not just because of the scale of crimes, but because the past is too often ignored, manipulated, or completely denied by the white man. Even today, Native Americans face large challenges to cope with, disadvantages history has left them, and ongoing cases of discrimination.
Therefore, the Monument Museum of Native American Cultures is devoted to the indigenous people who have been humiliated and offended, whose land has been occupied, whose settlements have been destroyed, whose cultures and traditions have been subjected to slander, demonization and destruction, to those who would not tolerate injustice, but have been killed, seized, enslaved, and thrown as a free labor in underground mines, to those who have deliberately been infected and killed by the European epidemic and viruses, to those who have been brutally raped or tortured to death, those who have been driven like wild animals into the deadlands of reservations, to those who have been deprived of the basic rights for human survival whose life has been endangered by radioactive nuclear tests and have been deliberately poisoned with European alcohol and drugs, and to those who have suffered physical and psychological trauma. And finally, this Monument Museum is devoted to those who heroically fought for the earth, for the life of their people, and for their right to be free.
Therefore, our foundation purposefully seeks to collaborate with all Native American tribes and collect a great deal of historical material from every tribe. The documents can contain research work, pictorial materials, or any other valuable work that focus on the memory of the mass violence and destruction to serve as a public and personal memory. Through this project, we attempt to deepen the understanding and awareness of the hidden history of the people of this land, their inner world, and their culture. It is about time to reveal the full extent of the truth and represent it through a museum exhibition to all nations.
Through a new presentation of the beauty of the Native American culture and art, we would like to oppose the evil and genocide. The darkness of the past and present can be overcome only by means of a new creative process in which the human soul will receive spiritual enlightenment, peace, and healing.
THE MONUMENT MUSEUM OF NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURES
An astonishingly high proportion of our museum’s vision reflects an aspiration to express the spiritual and metaphysical ideals of Native American culture that cannot be solely conveyed through traditional expositions of cultural and historical artifacts, as usually represented by other museums. In our work, we demonstrate that the genesis and development of the new architectural and artistic monument is inextricably tied to the spiritual world of the Native American people.
The museum will call for an alternative spiritual interpretation of American Indian culture and for an ambition to go beyond the particulars of history to search out universal values.
The first inspiration that fueled the interest in the creation of this one-of-a-kind American Indian museum was the belief that the vitality and spirituality of Indian culture, as embodied in its art, spiritual legends, beliefs, and values could make a positive contribution to the America of the future and to the entire world.
In addition, the Museum was inspired by the belief that American Indian spirituality in art and culture is a reflection of a universal stage of a pure, primordial consciousness in relation to the surrounding natural world, which rarely exists in man, being only in those with an enlightened consciousness. (Paul N. Poloz)