Aug
27

Tattoos: Telling stories in the flesh

Tattoos: Telling stories in the flesh

From patterns etched into the skin of an ancient mummy to the colorful designs that adorn people today, tattoos are not just skin deep; they tell us about individuals and their cultures—and offer insights into what it is to be human. Marilyn Epstein sat down with anthropologist Lars Krutak of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to learn more about the history and the future of this intimate art. Continue reading Tattoos: Telling stories in the flesh

Aug
25

Collecting history in the aftermath of Katrina

Collecting history in the aftermath of Katrina

Ten years later, objects collected in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina help personify the imapct of that horrific natural disaster, Erin Blasco reflects on the experience of the late David Shayt, who traveled with photographer Hugh Talman to the Gulf Coast, and explains why he chose to preserve what he did. Continue reading Collecting history in the aftermath of Katrina

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