The fun part about working with museums is that the institutional racism is so thick you can cut it with a knife. These two pictures are of database index trees that are created to help people search for art or artifacts. Notice the categories under “African Art” in the first picture… Yup, all it says is African Art… again. What you can’t see is that there are 7 categories under Asian Art. It took me 2 weeks to get them to change it to regions in the second picture. So now, if you search for West African, you won’t get stuff from Kenya and Egypt too.
African cultural items are often poorly managed, poorly catalogued, poorly maintained, and when on display, poorly mounted. They aren’t the priority of most museum spaces and there isn’t as much available literature on the items as there is for Greco-Roman crap: that’s some old colonial bullshit.
However, I still stand by the idea that they shouldn’t even have these cultural items in their possession, but until that day comes, they’re going to learn how to respect them.