Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Yup'ik Eskimo exhibit opening this weekend at the Smithsonian

AKSS Members,

We have been alerted to the opening events this weekend for "Yuungnaqpiallerput/The Way We Genuinely Live: Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival," at the National Museum of Natural History. Opening weekend festivities will include consultations with Yup'ik artists, dancing on Saturday evening, and a film festival on Sunday, April 18.

The exhibit was organized by the Anchorage Museum and the Calista Elders Council, and funded by the National Science Foundation. It opened in Bethel in September 2007, traveled to Anchorage in 2008, followed by stops in Fairbanks and Juneau. It will be showing at NMNH through July 25, 2010, after which the objects will be returned to the many museum who loaned them to out. This is your last chance to view an exhibit that had it's beginnings in Alaska and would not have been possible without Native and non-Native Alaskans working together to create it.

Along with an array of 19th century objects, the exhibition includes films, science interactives, and hands-on activities. Visitors of all ages will enjoy it. If you want to learn more about the exhibit and opening activities, you can view the Smithsonian website at http://www.mnh.si.edu/exhibits/yupik/index.html

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