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Department of Anthropology

Arctic Studies Center

All events are free and open to the public.

8 May Friday

1:30-4:30 pm

Photo Credits: Wilfred E. Richard, ASC Research Collaborator. Featuring (center top): Aaju Peter.

Why the Arctic Matters: Applying a ‘Human Perspective’ to Understanding Arctic Change: A panel discussion by leaders in Arctic research and education, followed by a film screening of ECHOES from the Greenland Eyes International Film Festival. The panel will be opened at 1:30 p.m. with Sounds of the Arctic by sound artist, Charles Morrow; a film screening of Tupilaq, from the Greenland Eyes International Film Festival; and a short musical performance by the Uummannaq Greenland Youth Ensemble. Location: Baird Auditorium, Ground Floor. For more information, click here.

      10 am-1 pm

    Expert is In (Sant Ocean Hall): Talk with scientists and other experts about Arctic research and activities.

    • Photos from the Arctic with Michael Rasser, Ecologist, BOEM
    • Ocean Acidification Challenge with Erica Ombres, NOAA
    • Researching the Arctic with Guillermo Auad, Senior Oceanographer, BOEM
    • Old Weather Project with Gil Compo, Research Scientist, NOAA; Mark Mollan, Maritime Archivist, National Archives; and Gina Kim Perry, Research Coordinator, University of Washington
    • National Ice Center with Sean Helfrich, Physical Scientist; Pablo Clemente-Colon, Chief Scientist; Matthew Tyson, Marine Science Technician; Gretchen Esbensen-Ice Analyst; and Jon Lloyd, Operations Officer.
    • Learn about Arctic Whales with Charley Potter, NMNH Collection Manager of Marine Mammals
    • Marine Biodiversity in the Arctic with Kathy Crane, Arctic Research Program Manager, NOAA


2-5 pm

    Family events (Q?rius Education Center)

    Arctic educational games and activities
        • Explore Arctic change with hands-on activities from the NSF-supported PoLAR Partnership: Last Arctic Ice Refuge, EcoChains: Arctic Crisis, Racing Glacier Goo, Greenland’s Melting Icebox, The Poles Are Puzzling!
        • Learn about Arctic Languages with a game from NMNH’s Recovering Voices Project

        Arctic Material Traditions: Craft workshops with Indigenous artists from the Arctic

        • Learn how clothing is made out of gut skin and fish skin and work with the materials hands-on! Lead by Joel Isaak, Dena’ina Sculpture Artists and Michele Austin-Dennehy, National Museum of Natural History.
        • Demonstrations of traditional caribou antler carving by Igah Hainnu, Inuit Artist
        • Culture on Cloth: Learn how kids around the world explain their culture on cloth and make your own! Activity led by Inuit Art Expert, Judith Burch
      9 May Saturday

10am-4pm

Family events  (Q?rius Education Center and the Evans Gallery):

Arctic educational games and activities

        • Explore Arctic change with hands-on activities from the NSF-supported PoLAR Partnership: Last Arctic Ice Refuge, EcoChains: Arctic Crisis, Racing Glacier Goo, Greenland’s Melting Icebox, The Poles Are Puzzling!
        • Learn about Arctic Languages with a game from NMNH’s Recovering Voices Project

        Arctic Material Traditions: Craft workshops with Indigenous artists from the Arctic

        • Learn how clothing is made out of gut skin and fish skin and work with the materials hands-on! Lead by Joel Isaak, Dena’ina Sculpture Artists and Michele Austin-Dennehy, National Museum of Natural History.
        • Demonstrations of traditional caribou antler carving by Igah Hainnu, Inuit Artist

        Culture on Cloth: Learn how kids around the world explain their culture on cloth and make your own! Activity led by Inuit Art Expert, Judith Burch

        Meet Smithsonian and international scientists who work in the Arctic and ask them questions about their research!

        Displays and demonstrations from U.S. research agencies that work in the Arctic.

        • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), The National Park Service (NPS), The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Academy of Sciences (NAS): Polar Research Board, National Science Foundation (NSF): Division of Polar Programs, Office of Naval Research (ONR): Arctic and Global Prediction Program, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), The North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI).

        Displays and demonstrations from Arctic Nations, including the U.S. State Department; the Arctic Council, the Embassy of Canada; the Embassy of Denmark and Visit Greenland; and The Embassy of Norway, including an exhibit preview from the Tromsø Museum in Norway.

        Arctic Arcade: Q?rius Theatre, Ground Floor

        Book Signing: Maine to Greenland: Meet the Authors of Maine to Greenland,                William Fitzhugh, Curator of Archaeology, NMNH,  & Wilfred E. Richard.

    The Expert is In in the Sant Ocean Hall: Talk with scientists and other experts about Arctic research and activities.

    • Narwhal Tusks with Martin Nweeia (Narwhal Tusk Research Project)
    • National Ice Center with Sean Helfrich, Physical Scientist; Pablo Clemente-Colon, Chief Scientist; Matthew Tyson, Marine Science Technician; Gretchen Esbensen-Ice Analyst; and Jon Lloyd, Operations Officer.
    • Old Weather Project with Gil Compo, Research Scientist, NOAA; Mark Mollan, Maritime Archivist, National Archives; and Gina Kim Perry, Research Coordinator, University of Washington
    • Learn about Ice Seal Research with John Bengston, Director of National Marine Mammal Laboratory, NOAA

6:30 pm

Evening Performance (Baird Auditorium): Come and join us for an amazing music and dance performance in Baird Auditorium, Ground Floor at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. Choreographer Jody Sperling, her company Time Lapse Dance, and composer Matthew Burtner present Ice Cycle, a workshop performance and discussion of their collaboration expressing the dynamism and fragility of the Arctic icescape. Choreographer and composer share a passion for ice and aim to bring its many phases and transformations to life through movement and music.
Opening performance by Uummannaq Greenland Youth Ensemble of the Children´s Home in Uummannaq.

Want to come? Please register in advance!

The Children's Home in Uummannaq Photo: Jean-Michel Huctin, Greenland Today March 2008
Uummannaq Greenland Youth Ensemble:  The youth group from Børnehjemmet, in Uummannaq, Northwest Greenland, will make its second appearance at the Smithsonian for our festival, bringing a combination of classical and Greenlandic music and dance delivered by 8-10 youths and elders sponsored by the Uummannaq Research Center.

 

Jody Sperling Ice Station Practice. Photo Credit: Frank Bahr & Pierre Coupel
Jody Sperling: Dancer, choreographer, and writer Jody Sperling presents an ‘ice dance’ troupe based on experiences from a 43-day Arctic research cruise in 2014. During this mission, Sperling became the first choreographer-in-residence aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy and danced on sea ice at a dozen locations. Sperling’s performances capture the dynamism and fragility of the Arctic icescape for stage and film. Sperling has created more than 35 choreographic works and has taught, lectured and performed in the US, Bahrain, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Scotland and, most recently, north of the Arctic Circle.

 

10 May Sunday

12-6 pm

© Still from 'The Prize of the Pole’ (2006) by Staffan Julén.
Greenland Eyes International Film Festival will contribute a selection of Arctic-themed films for a screening on Sunday from 12-6pm in NMNH’s Q?rius Theater (schedule below). Details on the films can be viewed on the Greenland Eyes International Film Festival website.
Want to come? Please register in advance!

 

12:00 pm
Welcome and introduction by Dr. Stephen Loring, Museum Anthropologist at NMNH: Learn about how these films connect with Smithsonian collections and gain insight into Arctic myths and Indigenous peoples of the North.
Tupilaq (6 min)
Village at the End of the World (82 min)
Q & A with Dr. Stephen Loring

2:00 pm          
The Prize of the Pole (80 min)
Q & A with director Staffan Julen, moderated by Dr. Stephen Loring.

4:00 pm          
Why We Fight (5 min)
Sume – the Sound of a Revolution (72 min)
Q & A with Dr. Stephen Loring

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