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September 22, 2003

Fall Events at the Burke

Seattle - Reverent Remembrance: Honoring the Dead opens October 2 at the Burke, and thus begins a full-slate of exhibit-related programming. From a dynamic lecture series to a teacher workshop, to our popular annual events, there is something for everyone this fall at the Burke.

A complete schedule is listed below and on the Burke website or on our recorded info line: 206-543-5590.

Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 5:30 - 10 pm
Preview Party!
Reverent Remembrance: Honoring the Dead (opens Oct. 2)
FREE to the public

A provocative look into the celebrations and rituals that human communities have engaged in for thousands of years to remember their lost loved ones. Party features snacks by Agua Verde and live traditional Mexican music by Jacque Larrainzar.

Thursday, October 2, 2003, 6:30 pm
Lecture: Whose Pharaohs? Archaeology, Museums, and Egyptian National Identity from Napoleon to World War I
Presented by Dr. Donald Reid, Georgia State University
FREE to the public
In conjunction with Reverent Remembrance and Washington State Archaeology Month, Reid examines the evolution of Egyptian archaeology in the context of western imperialism and Egyptian nationalism. Special thanks to the American Research Center on Egypt, Northwest Chapter.

Saturday, October 4, 2003, 2 pm
Lecture: Day of the Dead-Multicultural Roots and Realities
Presented by Dr. Julio Quan
Included with museum admission
The 2-day "Dia de los Muertos" celebration of the dead has been important in the Americas since ancient times. Dr. Quan discusses the Mayan roots of this vibrant festival, during which the ancestors are welcomed back to the villages with decorative altars and grave sites, costumes and colorful processions. Special thanks to the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities.

Saturday, October 4, 2003, 10 am - 5 pm
Special Event: Educators Open House and Workshop
FREE to Educators and their families
This special Open House for K-12 teachers offers opportunities to explore the Reverent Remembrance exhibit and other Burke galleries, receive an introduction to school programs and resources developed to accompany the exhibit, and hear a lecture on Day of the Dead by Julio Quan (see above). A workshop, presented in conjunction with the Seattle International Children’s Festival, will feature Fulgencio Lazo and Nathan Kumar Scott ($25 fee; discount for Burke members). Contact Burke Education for more info and registration: 206/543-5591. Special thanks to the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities.

Saturday, October 11, 2003, 10 am - 4 pm
Special Event: Northwest Archaeology Bus Tour
FREE, but registration required
October is Washington State Archaeology Month. This is a great opportunity to get involved! Get on the bus with local archaeologists and historians and take a walking tour of selected sites in southern Puget Sound. Registration is required. Contact Burke Archaeology at 206/685-3849. Book your seat early as these trips are always popular! Co-sponsored by the King County Roads Services Division.

Sunday, October 12, 2003, 2 - 3 pm
Lecture and Book Signing: Singing the Songs of My Ancestors
Presented by Linda Goodman, Ethnohistorian, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe
Included with museum admission
In this fascinating biography, Dr. Goodman delves into the life and work of Makah elder, Helma Swan. Goodman spent over 20 years researching Swan, a revered teacher and daughter of the last chief of the Makah tribe from Neah Bay, Washington. Co-sponsored by University Book Store.

Thursday, October 16, 2003, 6:30 pm
Lecture: Why Death Ceremonies Count
By Dr. James Green, UW Prof. of Anthropology
Included with museum admission
Death rituals in many cultures are elaborate communal events. In America, we tend towards simplicity and leave the details to professionals. This lecture will put some common American practices into a wider comparative context. Co-sponsored by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities.

Saturday, October 18, 2003, 10 am - 5 pm
Included with museum admission
Come see "Nellie," Seattle's only Egyptian mummy! The Burke's annual Archaeology Day will focus this year on the archaeology of Egypt. Experts will offer hands-on activities for children and adults, and you'll have a chance to get a closer look at "Nellie" in her new high-tech case! All activities included with Museum admission. Co-sponsored by the American Research Center on Egypt, Northwest Chapter.

Thursday, November 6, 2003, 6:30 pm
Lecture: Pathways to Heaven-Journeys of the Soul in Northwest Coast Native Culture, by Dr. George MacDonald
Included with museum admission
Souls, in Northwest Coast Native cosmologies, were characteristically thought of as being on journeys which took them to different cosmic realms where they transformed themselves in endless cycles. In this slide-illustrated presentation, Dr. MacDonald discusses the journeys of these souls, which were as constant as the migrations of the salmon. Co-sponsored by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities.

Saturday and Sunday, November 15 &a,p; 16, 2003, 10 am -5 pm
Family Weekend: Native American Arts Celebration!
All activities are included with Museum admission
This year the Burke's annual celebration of the art and cultures of Northwest Native peoples expands to include Native arts from Central and South America! Craft activities, artist demonstrations, and dramatic visual displays make this one of our most popular events! Special thanks to SAFECO for support of this program.

Thursday, December 4, 2003, 6:30 pm
Lecture: Tending the Ruins-Archaeology, Dead Buildings, and Memory in Indonesia
By Dr. Peter Lape, Burke Curator of Archaeology
FREE to the public
When does a building become a ruin? This lecture looks at how ruins, both ancient and newly created, are used by archaeologists and the general public in Southeast Asia to remember the dead and their histories, and to establish new identities. Co-sponsored by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities.

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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. The Museum Store and Museum Caf?are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition Out of the Silence is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth.. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

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