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November 10, 2009

Native American Heritage Day is Nov. 27—two days before Native art show closes at Burke Museum

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Indigenous Voices Reply and Wondrous Cold: Antarctic Journey both close Sun., Nov. 29

Seattle – President Obama recently declared November 2009 as "National Native American Heritage Month" and has designated Nov. 27 as Native American Heritage Day. The Burke Museum invites you to observe Native American Heritage Day by visiting the thought provoking exhibit, A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply, which closes November 29.

A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply juxtaposes historical objects and photographs from the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition with contemporary artwork by Native artists to explore how perceptions and understanding of indigenous cultures have changed, or not changed, in the past 100 years.

Highlights of A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply include:
* Artwork from 16 contemporary Native artists including carvings, sculpture, woven baskets, masks, and glasswork
* Large scale photos of the 1909 fair
* Ethnographic objects from the communities represented at the fair
* Videos of the artists whose work is in the exhibit

A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply is part of a city-wide celebration of the A-Y-P Exposition Centennial.

Also closing on November 29

Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey is a touring exhibit developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Wondrous Cold transports museum visitors to places where extreme conditions prevent most people from ever visiting. Explore this wondrous and wild landscape at the Burke Museum, now through November 29.

Highlights of Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey include:
* Photography by Joan Myers, who spent October 2002 through January 2003 in Antarctica
* Antarctic fossils, such as a giant prehistoric amphibian and parts of an Antarctic dinosaur named Cryolophosaurus 
* Actual camp gear, such as a skidoo, tent, and cold-weather clothing 
* Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey features photographs by Joan Myers.

The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit Service and is made possible through the generous support of Quark Expeditions.

The Burke Museum will not be open on Thanksgiving Day.

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Photo by Andrew Waits