Egyptologie, histoire de l'Afrique et sciences exactes
 Egyptology, Africa History and Sciences

Wade W. Nobles and Vera L. Nobles : Articles dans la Revue ANKH - Essays in ANKH Journal


Résumés - Summaries


ANKH n°14/15



ANKH n° 14-15, 1999-2000, pp. 168 - 175.






The Whitening of Black King “Tut” : Implications for Educating All Children

Almost thirty years ago (circa 1979), my wife and I took our children to San Francisco to see the “Treasures of Tutankhamen” exhibit showing at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. After waiting in a long line, we finally entered the great hall where the museum had recreated the initial discovery of the dark tomb entrance and storage areas by presenting the objects in approximately the same order in which they were found. Photomurals of 1922 Carter excavation scenes and replications of contemporary newspaper accounts adorned the museum walls. A hush of awe fell over the crowd as people walked amongst the possessions of the Boy King. Amazed at King Tut’s bejeweled knife, solid gold funeral mask, a gilded wood figure of the goddess Selket, lamps, jars, jewelry, bed, headrest canopic jars, sevat games, and other objects for his afterlife, the crowd looked in almost disbelief at the splendor of Africa.


Then our daughter, Zetha saw the larger than life size picture of Howard Carter and broke the silence with her shrill 7-year-old voice and proclaimed, “That is the thief. He’s the grave robber. That’s the one who stole all this stuff from Africa.” It is true that out of the mouths of Babes… some people’s great discovery is another people’s robbed grave. And the controversy continues. King Tut is coming back to America shrouded in the on-going debate as to his racial identity.

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