Mankind. As archaeologists have traced our history, the scales have overwhelmingly favored the masculine narrative. Even the word “mankind” seems to exclude the female portion of humankind. But “the times they are a-changing,” and in this time archaeologists are re-evaluating longstanding attitudes, perceptions and interpretations about gender roles in the human story. “Theirstory” introduces the archaeologists and anthropologists who looked at the narrative of prehistory and asked, “where was the other half of our species?” Through the lens of the feminine narrative, “Theirstory” highlights assumptions of gender and our understanding of ourselves in relation to human history.
Screening time: Sunday, May 17th, 3:22-3:45, Shedd Institute Recital Hall
Length: 23 mins.
Director: Sarah Cahlan