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May 27, 2005

Family Weekend Event

Burke Museum Opens Two New Exhibits
Sat. and Sun. June 25-26, 2005 10 am – 4 pm

Seattle— Celebrate the opening of two new exhibits at the Burke Museum’s Family Weekend, part of the grand re-opening of a new gallery space at the museum on Sat. and Sun. June 25 – 26, from 10 am to 4 pm. The new Special Exhibits gallery has nearly doubled in size and will feature the much-talked-about Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and LandandLife Abounds: Arctic Native Wildlife Art.

Activities include Gwich’in Native storytelling, Caribou antler-making, mask-making, Arctic Native art and environmental science activities, tours, and information tables hosted by local environmental groups.

Make 3-dimensional animal masks, Arctic snow-goggles, and Caribou antlers. Then, do an animal tracks activity –imitate the stride of your favorite Arctic animal!

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, is a photographic exhibit by Subhankar Banerjee, designed and produced by the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA. The exhibit contains 49 photographs, documenting for the first time in history, the ecological diversity and Native cultures of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in all four seasons of the year.

The 19.5-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge contains the complete arctic and sub-arctic ecological zones from coastal tundra to majestic mountains to taiga and boreal forest, making it one of the last untouched arctic ecosystems in the world.

Life Abounds, the second exhibit, displays over 90 pieces of art depicting Arctic animals. Created by Native people who have known, lived with, and depended upon these animals for thousands of years, this art includes masks and fetishes; carvings in ivory, stone, wood, and bone; and colorful contemporary prints. Accompanying text addresses the ancient and enduring relationships between people and the animals.

Entrance to the event is included with museum admission.

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land is a photographic exhibit by Subhankar Banerjee, designed and produced by the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California. The exhibit is sponsored by The Boeing Company, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, The Lucky Seven Foundation, and Microsoft Corporation, with additional support from numerous organizations and community partners. 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 5 pm 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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