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Shovelnose canoes once again journey the Columbia River

A groundbreaking project to reestablish traditional dugout canoe culture among their five Inland Northwest member tribes.

Carlos Mauricio Peredo studying the 27-million-year-old-fossil whale in our Life & Times exhibit

The 27-million-year-old fossil whale on display in our Life & Times exhibit is officially a new species! 

Exploring how (and when) whales, dolphins and porpoises evolved the ability to efficiently swim through the water. 

People + Cultures

student researchers in the ethnology collections

They come from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, but have come together to change perceptions. 

Marshallese community members touch the jaki-ed in the Burke collection to connect with their ancestors

The March 1 ceremony was incredibly emotional, both for the Marshallese community, but also for many of the people who joined the Marshallese in solidarity.

Model Angyaaq next to frame

Working with communities to rebuild a traditional Native boat-building practice, bringing this knowledge back into a living context. 

Environments

Woman kneeling on forest bed

How tiny fossilized plant particles in Costa Rica can be used to reconstruct past landscapes.

UW graduate student Chuck Beightol excavates a dinocephalian skeleton in Zambia, 2014.

The Zambian and Tanzanian fossil beds preserved both plants and animals, providing information on paleoclimate before and after extinction.

Close-up of fossil phytolith.

By extracting phytoliths from once-living plants, scientists were able to uncover a story of vegetation change in response to climate.

Northwest Native Art

Shovelnose canoes once again journey the Columbia River

A groundbreaking project to reestablish traditional dugout canoe culture among their five Inland Northwest member tribes.

Tsimshian artist David A. Boxley’s journey to replicate a feast dish in the Burke Museum collection.

Kéet Ooxú (Killer Whale Teeth) (left, far right): Shgen George, Tlingit, 2014

Connections to older artworks often provide the spark that keeps Native artists inspired in today's growing art scene. 

Science

Carlos Mauricio Peredo studying the 27-million-year-old-fossil whale in our Life & Times exhibit

The 27-million-year-old fossil whale on display in our Life & Times exhibit is officially a new species! 

Student scanning a mammoth skull.

The Burke Museum and College of Engineering are collaborating to scan and 3-D print a large-scale mammoth.

An extinct animal often cited as a ‘missing link’ between modern seals and their four-limbed, land-dwelling ancestors.

Burke Research

Three researchers look at bat

A Burke research team recently surveyed fruit bats living on the small island of Grenada.

DeVries Peruvian research area.

Raked by vigorous winds, with not a blade of grass in sight, Peru’s desert coast looks remarkably different from its past.

A male Anolis krugi, Mata de Plátano, Puerto Rico.

Matt McElroy hopes to answer how and why biological evolution occurred in the past, and what role thermal adaptation played in this process.

Washington State

Bruce cuts into the cast containing the Columbian mammoth tus

We started removing the cast covering LuLu the Columbian mammoth's tusk to get a glimpse into its preservation.

Burke paleontologists collected the partial skull of what's likely a Columbian mammoth after it was found along an eroded bluff near Sequim.

Live male Pseudophrys lanigera.

Welcome to Washington! How did a spider common in Europe make its way to Seattle? We may never know, but it appears to be here to stay.

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