National Museum of Scotland
As I walked around the scottish museum what struck me most the way in which anceint cultures told stories. Unlike today each object had a spirit which was decorated. These decoration told stories about the social and economic climate at the time of the creation, whilst also telling personal stories of the user and their family: from the jobs and location. For instance the the ‘manta’ (male poncho from Chile) does this by the complexity of the horizontal columns.
I feel the reason for the decoration is for a sense of entertainment. Tribes couldn’t loose themselves watching tv like we do now, insetad they would huddle round fires and tell stories of mythical beast. The stories would capture the imagination of everyone listening (bieng told not shown - allowing their own thoughts to tranform the story being told). it was this strong sense of family and stroy telling which i felt was most compelling from the tribes and cultures gone.