The Natural History Museum is developing a new exhibition with the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation that will launch this Fall.
The exhibition will debut at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, during “The Anthropocene: Museums in the Age of Humanity,” a conference organized by the International Council of Museums. The conference will open with a pole blessing ceremony led by Faith Spotted Eagle (Yankton Sioux) and Jewell and Doug James (Lummi Nation), and attended by the Mayor of Pittsburgh and hundreds of delegates from museums around the world.
The exhibition is based on the Totem Pole Journey led by Jewell James and the House of Tears Carvers, a multi-year Indigenous-led initiative to raise awareness about our sacred obligation to protect water, land and our collective future.
In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, please spread the word…The Natural History Museum has the honor of collaborating the Lummi Nation to launch "Kwel Hoy': We Draw the Line!", a cross-country tour, museum exhibition, multi-media campaign and series of public programs uplifting Indigenous leadership in struggles to protect water, land, public health, and our collective future. For the last five years, members of the Lummi Nation have traveled across North America with a totem pole to bring attention to the threats posed by fossil fuel projects. This year's tour will celebrate victories and build alliances as Tribal and non-tribal communities work together for the protection of Mother Earth.The Journey culminates in Pittsburgh with the launch of a new traveling museum exhibition, developed by House of Tears Carvers and The Natural History Museum–a mobile and pop-up museum led by artists and activists. The exhibition's debut at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History will begin with a pole blessing led by a delegation of Tribal leaders and elders, and attended by the Mayor of Pittsburgh and hundreds of delegates from natural history museums around the world. During the 6 months it's on display, we will organize public screenings, discussions, workshops and tours with our mobile museum bus, exploring local efforts to protect the environment, public health, and local cultures–connecting history to the present, and the museum to the world beyond its walls.Join us on the journey!http://facebook.com/totempolejourney
Posted by The Natural History Museum on Friday, October 6, 2017
During the 6 months it’s on display we will organize public screenings, discussions, workshops and tours with our museum bus to investigate local threats and efforts to protect the environment, public health, and local cultures — connecting history to the present, and the museum to the world beyond its walls.