Now open through March 31, 2019
Kalahari Perspectives
Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family
In the 1950s, the Cambridge-based Marshall family launched a groundbreaking effort to document the rapidly changing lives of Kalahari hunter-gatherers in Southern Africa. Explore the complex photographic history and the power of images to create and break stereotypes.
October 1–November 30
Native American Poets Playlist
Poems in the Gallery
Listen to an evocative playlist of contemporary poems by Native American authors. Wander freely across the first-floor Native American galleries to see where the poems take you.
Borrow an audio player from the front desk to listen. See the related program below.
Monday, October 1, 9:00 am
Day of the Dead reservations available for November 1 event
Remember and celebrate your departed loved ones at this year’s Día de los Muertos altar, savor traditional Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto , and enjoy live music.
Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 pm
New Poets of Native Nations
This new collection gathers the work of 21 poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range of new Native poetry. The result is an essential anthology of some of the best poets writing today. Heid Erdrich, editor of the anthology, will discuss the poets’ literary approaches and their relevance to contemporary American poetry. Tacey Atsitty and Eric Gansworth, poets featured in the anthology, will read their works.
Thursday, October 4, 6:00 pm
Conserving Biodiversity
A Global Priority
Russell A. Mittermeier, recipient of the 2018 Indianapolis Prize, is a biologist and lifelong conservationist who has traveled across 169 countries and discovered more than 20 species in his quest to save biodiversity hotspots. Focusing on nonhuman primates—our closest living relatives—Mittermeier will demonstrate why biodiversity is so critical to human survival. 
Thursday, October 11, 6:00 pm
The Cinema of Patience: Reflecting on N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman
Thirty years after its release, N!ai remains an exemplar of ethnographic filmmaking. The film documents the life of a Ju/hoan woman and the harsh realities of apartheid in 1980s Namibia, and it presents an intimate portrait of one of the last hunting and gathering communities. This screening and panel discussion will explore the film’s importance.
Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 pm
Origins of the Silk Roads
Harvard University's Rowan Flad will examine the archaeological evidence—from the Qijia Culture of Northwest China—that documents the agricultural, metallurgical, and technological innovations that resulted from the earliest trans-Eurasian exchanges, and how studies of the Silk Road origins are being reinvigorated by China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.
Thursday, October 25, 12:30–2:00 pm
Archaeology Live
Harvard College Life in Colonial Times
Peer into an active archaeological excavation and learn about the oldest section of North America’s first college, founded in 1636. Harvard archaeology students will answer your questions, demonstrate archaeological methods, and display recent finds from the seventeenth century that reflect how Harvard College students—centuries ago—ate, dressed, and amused themselves, among other experiences. Drop by any time during this 90-minute event. The site is in Harvard Yard, steps away from the famous John Harvard statue.
Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am–12:30 pm
Taller de pintura de estilo Zapoteca / Zapotec-Style Painting Workshop
Learn how to paint Zapotec design motifs with visiting artists from Oaxaca, Mexico. Participants will select an original small figure to paint and take home. The class will be taught in Spanish with translation to English.
Archaeology Program from Our Partner, Harvard Semitic Museum
Thursday, October 18, 6:00 pm
Memories of the Kings and Queens of Kush
Archaeology and Heritage at El Kurru
After the Nubian kings and queens of Kush rose to power around 800 BCE, they controlled a vast empire along the Middle Nile (now Northern Sudan) and conquered Egypt. George Emberling will look at recent discoveries at the El Kurru site and show how they inform local and international ideas about history and heritage.
Header: Detail of Plains Indian calumet (pipe) stem, ca. 1780-1830. PM 99-12-10/53101.2; Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, copyright President and Fellows of Harvard College. Photograph probably by Daniel Blitz. Gift of Laurence K. Marshall and Lorna J. Marshall. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, PM #2001.29.657 ©President and Fellows of Harvard College; N!ai : Courtesy of Documentary Educational Resources; Silk Road: Anonymous gift in memory of Oric Bates (‘05) through Langdon Warner, 1926. ©President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, PM# 26-50-60/D2663.
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