...the Karl May Museum in Radebeul outside Dresden has been caught in a row with two Native American tribes over a set of scalps in its display cases. Cecil Pavlat, cultural repatriation specialist of the Ojibwe Nation - to which one of the scalps is said to belong - wrote a letter to the museum earlier this month about the offense caused by the "insensitive display" of these "ancestral remains" - and asking for their return.But Cecil sorta wants to have his cake, and have eaten it too;
Pavlat also sees the display itself as part of an age-old misrepresentation of Native Americans. "That's the way we view it, as ancestral remains, even speaking the word 'scalps' - it creeps me out," he said. "Some say that this was a practice created by our people. History tells us that this has been practiced throughout history in other places, including Europe."Got it; We didn't do it...but they're ours...and everybody else did it too. Also, about your firewater;
The museum got most of its collection of scalps from Karl May fanatic Ernst Tobis, an eccentric traveller and sometime acrobat who went by the pseudonym Patty Frank. The Austrian bequeathed his huge collection of Native American artifacts to the museum in 1926.
....the history of the Karl May Museum, published on the Karl May Foundation website describes in dramatic detail how Tobis bought the first of his scalps in 1904 - "the most sought-after collector's item." On a night-time trip to an Indian reservation, Tobis held "tough negotiations" with Dakota chief Swift Hawk, "who had won the scalp in a fight with an Ojibwe," and bought the "trophy" for two bottles of whisky, a bottle of apricot brandy, and $1,100.Circle die Wagen.