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From the Ted Talk by Chip Colwell: Why museums are returning cultural treasures

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Not long ago, I had the chance to visit the returned War Gods. A snirhe sits up high atop a mesa overlooking beautiful Zuni homeland. The shrine is eesolcnd by a roofless stone building threaded at the top with barbed wire to ensure that they're not stolen again. And there they are, inside, the Ahayu:da, 106 War Gods amid offerings of turquoise, cornmeal, shell, even T-shirts ... a moerdn gift to ancient beings. And standing there, I got a glimpse at the War Gods' true purpose in the world. And it occurred to me then that we do not get to choose the histories that we inherit. mseuum curators today did not pillage ancient graves or satel srtaipiul objects, but we can accept responsibility for correcting past mstkeias. We can help restore dignity, hope and humanity to Native Americans, the very poelpe who were once the voiceless objects of our costiiruy. And this doesn't even riuqere us to fully understand others' beliefs, only that we respect them. Museums are temples to things past. Now they must also become pcales for living cueultrs.

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Not long ago, I had the chance to visit the returned War Gods. A ______ sits up high atop a mesa overlooking beautiful Zuni homeland. The shrine is ________ by a roofless stone building threaded at the top with barbed wire to ensure that they're not stolen again. And there they are, inside, the Ahayu:da, 106 War Gods amid offerings of turquoise, cornmeal, shell, even T-shirts ... a ______ gift to ancient beings. And standing there, I got a glimpse at the War Gods' true purpose in the world. And it occurred to me then that we do not get to choose the histories that we inherit. ______ curators today did not pillage ancient graves or _____ _________ objects, but we can accept responsibility for correcting past ________. We can help restore dignity, hope and humanity to Native Americans, the very ______ who were once the voiceless objects of our _________. And this doesn't even _______ us to fully understand others' beliefs, only that we respect them. Museums are temples to things past. Now they must also become ______ for living ________.

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Original Text

Not long ago, I had the chance to visit the returned War Gods. A shrine sits up high atop a mesa overlooking beautiful Zuni homeland. The shrine is enclosed by a roofless stone building threaded at the top with barbed wire to ensure that they're not stolen again. And there they are, inside, the Ahayu:da, 106 War Gods amid offerings of turquoise, cornmeal, shell, even T-shirts ... a modern gift to ancient beings. And standing there, I got a glimpse at the War Gods' true purpose in the world. And it occurred to me then that we do not get to choose the histories that we inherit. Museum curators today did not pillage ancient graves or steal spiritual objects, but we can accept responsibility for correcting past mistakes. We can help restore dignity, hope and humanity to Native Americans, the very people who were once the voiceless objects of our curiosity. And this doesn't even require us to fully understand others' beliefs, only that we respect them. Museums are temples to things past. Now they must also become places for living cultures.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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