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January 07, 2012

Burke Museum Collaboration and Exhibit Explores Connections with Food

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
January 28 – June 10, 2012

Seattle – Representative of culture, tradition, and survival, what we eat is essential to our connections to each other and the earth. The Burke Museum presents Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, a traveling exhibit that provides a place to gather and discuss a myriad of 21st century food issues, from sustainable farming to cultural survival. Hungry Planet introduces families from 10 countries around the world through photographs of family members at home, at the market, and surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. 

The Burke Museum provides a local perspective to Hungry Planet with a companion display, Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound. Focusing on the revival of traditional Native foods, Salish Bounty is co-curated by Burke Museum archaeologists and members of the Coast Salish community. Knowledge of Coast Salish cuisine has been passed down from the elders and supplemented by archaeological and historical research. More than 280 kinds of plants and animals have been identified as ingredients in this cuisine.  Contemporary Coast Salish cooks incorporate both traditional and newly introduced ingredients, sharing traditions to create healthy alternatives for families and communities still struggling with loss of lands and waters, drastically changed lifestyles, and imposed industrial foods. As in many places around the world, the revival of Coast Salish food traditions embodies the reestablishment of more healthful and sustainable practices that honor land and community.

The Burke will host a weekly event series throughout the run of Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (January 28 – June 10, 2012). Events are designed to encourage discussion on how people incorporate food into their lives and cultures—around the world and in our own backyard. Presented in partnership with PCC Natural Markets and other organizations, the weekend event series will kick off on Saturday, January 28, with a day-long opening celebration. Opening programs include “The Magic of Spices” with Nick Rose, PCC Cooks Instructor, presentations from experts on the past, present, and future of Native diets, and special kids’ activities.

For high resolution images or to schedule interviews with Hungry Planet and Salish Bounty curators, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats is a traveling exhibit organized by the Bell Museum, University of Minnesota, based on the best-selling book by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio. Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound was developed by the Burke Museum.

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Association of Museums accredited museum.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (FAX), or dso@u.washington.edu, preferably at least ten days in advance of the event.

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Image: Spring stinging nettles. Photo courtesy of Elise Krohn.