May
24

From Earth to the Solar System: Ediacaran

The emergence of complex life: A piece of upturned sandstone in the Flinders Range of South Australia shows ripple marks of an ancient sea bed. This area of Australia hosts fossils of the first complex, multi-cellular organisms which began to emerge on Earth ~600 million years ago. The study of these early fossils, known as… Continue reading From Earth to the Solar System: Ediacaran

May
24

Hawaiian Canoe, 2005

For thousands of years, Native Hawaiians have traveled the Pacific in traditional voyaging canoes like the one pictured here, shown on the Potomac River near Washington, D.C. Master canoe builder Wright Bowman Jr. began building the canoe from a whole log at the 1989 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall and completed it in… Continue reading Hawaiian Canoe, 2005

May
20

25th Asian Arts & Crafts Demonstration Day

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. On May 6, visitors were treated to a demonstration of traditional Asian arts and crafts in the Rotunda of the Natural History Museum.  Demonstrations included Chinese dough figures, Thai umbrella painting, Mongolian watercolor painting, Thai fruit, vegetable and soap carving, Indonesian bamboo brush painting, Japanese Kimekomi doll making,… Continue reading 25th Asian Arts & Crafts Demonstration Day

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