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October 15, 2004

Dinosaurs of Darkness Exhibit to close in 2 weeks

Australian exhibit featuring 5 full dinosaur skeletons to
close Sun., Oct. 17.

What: Dinosaurs of Darkness highlights recently discovered dinosaurs from the polar regions of the globe. Learn about the unusual dinosaurs of Antarctica, Australia, Alaska, and South America.
When: Closes Sun., Oct. 17 at 5 pm
Details: See five full skeletons, models, fossil bones, and paintings that tell the fascinating story of how these dinosaurs lived in cold, dark places.

Coming next:
Do a Mock Archaeology Dig!
What: Northwest Survival Strategies: Exploring Archaeology
When: Sun., Oct. 24 10am – 4 pm
Details: This year, the popular annual event focuses on Northwest Coast Native American survival strategies, with displays and activities covering the variety of survival skills and tactics implemented thousands of years ago.

A highlight of the day includes a mock archaeology dig, where participants will have a chance to use real field equipment to excavate, record, and interpret artifacts. Also, listen to stories from Native Puyallup storyteller Roger Fernandes as he shares tales about the Southern Duwamish people, including the story of North Wind’s Fishing Weir, which conveys cultural wisdom about how indigenous people have long tracked the changes in seasons. Archaeologists-in-the-know will also be readily available to answer questions.

El Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead Community Altar
What: The Burke Museum has invited members of the local Latino cultural organization, La Casa de Artes, to construct an altar at the museum in celebration of this year’s Day of the Dead.

When: Now through Nov. 7, 2004
Details: Throughout Mexico, Central and South America, death is honored through the Day of the Dead festival, held in remembrance of the deceased, and celebrating the continuity of life. The tradition has been carried north and there are many celebrations in the Seattle area. Altars are constructed in homes and public places to honor individuals with things pleasing to the dead: food, drinks, marigolds, salt, and photographs all help welcome them back into their homes.

The Burke’s community altar was created by Isaac Hernandez and Juan Torres of La Casa de Artes. It is located on the lower level of the Burke Museum, near the entrance to the Pacific Voices exhibit. Visit the artistic display in the month leading up to the November 1 and 2 celebration of the Day of the Dead.

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The Burke Museum is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE, on the University of Washington campus. Hours are 10 am to 5pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. Admission is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/ youth. Admission is free to children 4 and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org.

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