A natural history for the future.

Power Beyond Extraction

Programming Series and Day of Action in Pittsburgh

Alcatraz: An Unfinished Occupation

Canoe Journey and Programming Series in the Bay Area


Whale People: Protectors of the Sea

Exhibition by The Natural History Museum with the Lummi Nation

Red Road to DC: A Totem Pole Journey for the Protection of Sacred Places

Expedition with the Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers

Words are Monuments

Interactive website and virtual event series


Spirit of the Waters at Umatilla

Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey brings together ceremony, art, science, spirituality, ancestral knowledge, and cross-cultural collaboration in support of the movement to remove the Snake River dams and restore to health the Snake River salmon and the orcas that depend on them.

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Art, Activism, and Ceremony

Presenters in this event will share their experience in bringing together art, ceremony, and activism in some of the most significant environmental and social justice campaigns over the past decade within and beyond the Pacific Northwest.

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Whale People: Outdoor Exhibition + IMAX-Style Film

Whale People: Protectors of the Sea is an outdoor exhibition featuring a 3,000 pound orca totem pole, salmon carvings, and an award-winning IMAX-style film projection that tells the story of today’s environmental emergency through the figure of the orca.

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From the Blog

Conquering Columbus: Indigenous Peoples Day

Above all, Indigenous People’s Day is an invitation to lift up, align with, and stand behind the struggles of Indigenous Peoples past, present, and future. In this post, we outline just a few ways you can honor, celebrate, and take action.

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About NHM: an artist statement from Not An Alternative

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is a program of Not An Alternative, a non-profit organization and collective that works at the interaction of art, activism, cultural organizing and critical theory. Since launching in 2014, NHM has grown into an institution in its own right. This artist statement situates NHM’s work within its broader art/activism practice.

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New outdoor exhibition and IMAX-style film venue

This weekend we debuted our new traveling, outdoor exhibition and IMAX-style film projection venue at Lummi Nation, with a presentation of “Whale People: Protectors of the Sea”.

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Welcoming two new team members!

We are thrilled to be working with two new team members, please join us in welcoming Storytelling Fellow Ruth Miller (Curyung Tribe) and Senior Research Fellow Mark Auslander. Sending socially distanced virtual elbow bumps their way.

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