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Collections Highlight E339340: Dancing Mittens

Dance Mittens
By Emily Cain

On November 29, 1927, this pair of dance mittens came to the museum from Tununak, Nelson Island. While they are made mostly of hide which has been painted red, they are also completely covered in loose hanging seal claws, puffin beaks, and feathers. You may think these accoutrements make the gloves seem a bit impractical, but they’re meant to produce sound! The loose attachment of keratinous materials (like beaks and claws) allows them to swing freely, making a dry rattling sound when the wearer dances.

If you’d like to see and hear acoustic gloves like these in action, join us for a free public screening of The Wolf Dance with Ted Mayac at the Mother Tongue Film Festival! The film, produced by the Anchorage Museum, focuses on the Messenger Feast, one occasion when Arctic peoples wear dance gloves like these. It will screen on February 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Q?rius Theater at the National Museum of Natural History. For more information about the program, keep an eye on the festival website.

And as always, explore more great objects and images on our online database!


“Smithsonian Science How” Live Career Chat with Bill Fitzhugh

Bill career talkTeachers, introduce your students to a career in archaeology. Join us October 19 for a live online “Smithsonian Science How” text chat with Bill Fitzhugh about his job as an archaeologist studying culture and climate change in the Arctic. Learn more and register.

Date: October 19, 2017

Times: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EDT

Learn More and Register: http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/chat/archaeologist-bill-fitzhugh  


SOLSTICE 2017

Solstice

 

Join us next week
Tuesday - Wednesday for the
Solstice 2017 celebration


UTC+5 at International Date Line (June 20)

(12 am East Coast/South America,
6 am Central Europe/Africa, June 21)

 

To all Solstice celebrators:

We're writing to you today with some last minute news regarding the 2017 Solstice celebration, which happens next week, June 20-21.

We are expanding on the 24-hour show from last year, which featured contributions from over 60 artists, scientist, musicians and more.
One of the main new elements this year is footage from the Smithsonian Institute about kayaks and canoes. These crafts were the first inventions that offered humanity a shot at expanding their horizon and traveling beyond their place of birth, opening up connections to a new world. We like to keep expanding on these inventions, and with each recurring annual Solstice celebration, we hope to be increasing the level of worldwide connectivity to share people's creativity, culture and innovative ideas. 

This year we are also celebrating on an online platform, through Google Hangouts, which is easily accessible through any mobile phone, with live hosting from a fabulous team at the Kapsakki Theater in Helsinki, Finland, where it all gets mixed and monitored.

We urge you to please take a moment to tune in to our website or the hangouts and check out the video, as well as some live contributions from New York, L.A., Beijing, Finland and more. If you would like to actively contribute with music, poetry or other creative work from a remote location, please let us know where you will be next week on June 20-21, and if a ndwhat time you would be interested to 'beam in' so we can have you on the broadcast schedule. Otherwise, we hope you will just take a moment to enjoy the show!

Looking forward to hearing back from you and to connect again.

— Charlie Morrow and the Solstice24 team

 


Solstice 2017 viewing 
Happy Hour - 17:00 - 18:00 
Tuesday-Wednesday, 20-21 June
24 time zones - 24 hours


www.solstice24.com goes live, start time
5:00 pm at the International Date Line
for 24 hours


Examples:

If you are in Eastern Daylight Time is UTC-5. the first time zone is 17 hours ahead, so for you the program begins at 12 am in June 21.

Central Europe/Central Africa is UTC+1; for you the program begins at 6 am, 11 time zones ahead.

Time zones earlier than midnight June 21 EDT begin June 20.

The full program runs 24 hours. http://www.solstice24.com


With a video and audio stream that will be archived after on Vimeo.

Visible worldwide, wherever you are!

Please send this invitation to your friends and fans. Ask them to send it to theirs.

Great to take this spin together. 

Regards,
Charlie and the SOL24 team

Charlie Morrow
Charles Morrow Productions LLC
New York  London  Berlin  Helsinki   San Francisco  Los Angeles  
Montreal  Washington D.C   Portland OR  Barton VT
www.cmorrow.com
+1 646 235 7228