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Power Beyond Extraction

Programming Series and Day of Action in Pittsburgh

Alcatraz: An Unfinished Occupation

Canoe Journey and Programming Series in the Bay Area

Exhibitions

Whale People: Protectors of the Sea

Exhibition by The Natural History Museum with the Lummi Nation

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Workshops

Tours

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Events

Standing in Solidarity with Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut

50 years ago, Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut was violently abducted from her orca family and Salish Sea home, transported to Miami and placed in a tiny concrete tank. Bringing her home will help heal her orca and Lummi families and the Salish Sea. It will be a step in upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples throughout the world who are working to protect their homes, their relations, and their ancestral ways.

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Like The Waters, We Rise: Climate Justice in Print

The Natural History Museum is pleased to take part in this group exhibition Like the Waters, We Rise, featuring a selection of print-based work that documents the contemporary Climate Justice Movement (2005-present), which is in truth a movement made up of movements, illuminating the many struggles, flashpoints, and victories by which communities have taken collective action.

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The Occupation of Alcatraz

A conversation with two original Alcatraz Occupiers about the context in which the Occupation occurred; energy and intent behind the Occupation; immediate impacts of the Occupation on policy, politics and culture in Indian Country; and reasons the Occupation is equally relevant 50 years later. Moderator Julian Brave NoiseCat (Canin Lake Band Tsq’escen), Narrative Change Director for The Natural History Museum, will also discuss contemporary Indigenous activism.

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From the Blog

Summer 2020 Update

As a flexible, skunkworks framework, we’ve been working for years to model the museum of the future, one that aligns its interests with the needs of communities that are leading the fight for a safe and equitable future for all. As we bear witness to intensifying calls on society and our bedrock institutions to address systemic racism and inequality and to decolonize, this work has become all the more relevant.

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Award-Winning Media, from Cannes to AmDocs

Our award-winning films, exhibitions, journalism and events situate pressing contemporary concerns within broader narratives of science, culture and natural history, and provide on-ramps for people to take action and make an impact. This year our film Whale People: Protectors of the Sea won Best Environmental Film and Best Editing awards at international film festivals.

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“Oscar for Museums”, Grist 50 and Creative Capital

The Natural History Museum was a finalist for an international “Oscar for Museums”, NHM’s Narrative Change Director Julian Brave Noisecat and Executive Director Beka Economopoulos were both named in this year’s Grist 50 round-up of top fifty environmental leaders, and we’re honored to have been selected for the 2020 Creative Capital Award to develop a People’s Tribunal on natural history and its colonial legacy.

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The Natural History Museum is Growing!

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of The Natural History Museum team! We are excited, honored and humbled to be working with a rapidly growing dream team of community organizers, historians, anthropologists, scientists and narrative-change leaders invested in transforming our institutions of science, history, nature and culture.

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