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Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival

April 17, 2010 – July 25, 2010

Natural History Museum
10th & Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Location: 2nd Floor, Northeast Wing, Special Exhibit Gallery (Hall 23)

This exhibition reveals Yup'ik elders' scientific and spiritual knowledge for living in the sub-arctic environment of western Alaska through more than 200 19th- and 20th-century tools, articles of clothing, weapons, and watercraft. From harpoons to snow-goggles, and kayaks to dance masks, Yup'ik people devised solutions for living unsurpassed by Western science. The exhibition also reveals how the Yup'ik people discovered these scientific principles that have allowed them to live in intimate relationship with their environment.

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