Text and Context in Coding and Decoding Ethnographic Objects

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Essay #: 064218
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15 November 2010
Text and Context in Coding and Decoding Ethnographic Objects
In the course of establishing and categorizing unfamiliar objects to create a point of reference for its proper placement in a contextual manner, an accompanying text is necessary. In this instance, the unfamiliar object SYMBOL 8212 f "Times New Roman" s 12an “ethnographic object“ SYMBOL 8212 f "Times New Roman" s 12is a stuffed horse who survived The Battle of Little Big Horn, also known in United States history as “Custer’s Last Stand.” The horse, in its final, taxidermied form, has a diverse and storied career as a traveling museum piece and a university mascot of sorts. Yet along the way he lost his...
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.....re made much more pleasurable by being rendered familiar. It is through knowledge that comes understanding. All Comanche needed, after he was taken out of context, was a little text writing to put him back into an historical perspective.
When examining an artifact, a cultural icon, or even a painting, decoding, encoding, text and context are important considerations to take into account and to take advantage of when they are available. It not only adds to a better understanding of an ethnographic object, it adds to enjoyment and appreciation as well.
Works Cited
Lawrence, Elizabeth A. “His very Silence Speaks: The Horse who Survived Custer’s Last Stand.” in Insert Name of Textbook. Place of Publication: Publisher, year of publication. Print