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The Arthur Ross Terrace will be closed this morning, Tuesday, October 21, for a private cultural observance. You many observe smoke and/or fire coming from the Terrace at that time. The FDNY has been notified in advance, and all safety precautions are in place. The Terrace will reopen at 1 pm.

Inside the Collections: Pacific Peoples

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The artifacts on display, including the pataka below, in the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples represent just a fraction of the 26,000 objects in the collections of the Museum’s Division of Anthropology.

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Join assistant curator of Pacific Ethnology Jennifer Newell on a tour of some collections highlights, including lei niho palaoa, Hawaiian pendants made of braided human hair and whalebone or -tooth; a carved bird head from Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island; and a whale-riding Maori ancestor figure known as Paikea. Visitors can also find a number of whale-related artifacts from the Anthropology collections on view in the Museum's special exhibition, Whales: Giants of the Deep now open through January 5, 2014.  


Members: Dr. Newell leads an upcoming behind-the-scenes tour anthropology collections Tuesday, October 22. Learn more and buy tickets.

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Learn more about Dr. Newell and her work in a video.


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