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AMNH collaborative projects with indigenous peoples throughout the world.

Delaware Delegations Visit AMNH (2018)

The American Museum of Natural History, Division of Anthropology, welcomed representatives of the Delaware Nation, Oklahoma, the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma, and the Stockbrridge-Munsee Community, Wisconsin, who came to the Museum to view Delaware ethnographic items, tour the Eastern Woodlands Hall and plan for upcoming repatriations under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Brice Obermeyer, Larry Brooks, Nekole Alligood, Bradley Pecore, Homer Scott view Delaware ethnographic items.
Brice Obermeyer (Delaware Tribe), Larry Brooks (Delaware Tribe), Nekole Alligood (Delaware Nation), Bradley Pecore (Stockbridge-Munsee Community), and Homer Scott (Delaware Tribe).
M. Shanley/©AMNH

Pueblo Delegations Visit AMNH (2018)

The American Museum of Natural History, Division of Anthropology, welcomed delegations from the Pueblo of Acoma, Pueblo of San Felipe and Pueblo of Tesuque on a cultural mission.

Pueblos tribes members in front of the Museum's Chaco Canyon Case.
Pueblo tribes Portraits in front of the Chaco Canyon Case.
R. Mickens/© AMNH

Chief's Chest Back to Haida Gwaii (2017)

A historic wooden Haida chest, AMNH Catalog No: 16/8802, acquired by the American Museum of Natural History in 1901, has recently returned on loan to Haida Gwaii off the coast of British Columbia in an innovative collaboration between the AMNH and the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay.

Celebrate Pacific Northwest Cultures (2017)

AMNH invited visitors to experience the cultures represented in the iconic Hall of Northwest Coast Indians through a series of live activities guided by Museum volunteers and via telepresence robot with a virtual guide - Sean Young from the Haida Gwaii Museum.

Celebrate Pacific Northwest Coast Cultures
Kids get hands-on with artifacts at Celebrate Pacific Northwest Cultures.

Digital Totem (2016)

The Digital Totem is an interactive installation which brings contemporary Northwest Coast voices and new interpretation into this historic gallery with a touch-screen portal to the peoples, places, and sounds of the Pacific Northwest. To create the Digital Totem, the Museum worked closely with Northwest Coast collaborators and interviewed members of Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw, Haida, Nuu-chah-nulth, Musqueam, Gitxsan, Tlingit, and Tsimshian communities.

Reinterpreting the Northwest Coast Hall
Digital Totem

Artist in Residence (2015)

Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas brings Pacific Northwest Coast art to life through stories, illustrated books, animated films, and interactive artwork during a residency at the Museum. Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a contemporary artist whose wide-ranging artistic practice explores themes of identity, environmentalism and the human condition. Influenced by both Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture, he has created an artistic practice that crosses diverse cultures, generations, and disciplines in search of accessibility and engagement as a counterpoint to stratification and isolation.

Conservation of Siberian Collections (2014)

With the generous support of the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and The Stockman Family Foundation, anthropology conservators initiated a two year project in October, 2014 to examine, document, stabilize and rehouse portions of the museum’s Siberian ethnographic collection formed during the renown Jesup North Pacific Expedition of 1897-1902, an expedition that investigated the relationships between the peoples at each side of the Bering Strait.

Sakha Delegation visits AMNH (2012)

The American Museum of History, Division of Anthropology welcomed a delegation of master craftsmen and native experts from the Sakha Republic in the Russian Federation. The group had come to New York to attend and perform during the annual United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. At the museum, the group examined objects collected by Waldemar Jochelson during the American Museum of Natural History’s Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897-1902).

Delegation of master craftsmen and native experts from the Sakha Republic
Delegation of master craftsmen and native experts from the Sakha Republic in the Russian Federation. Front row (from left): Anna Nikiforova (master sewer of ornamental horse cloths (cheprak) and hats), Raisa Markova (poet and singer), Izabella Eliakova (master clothing maker, old styles); Back row (from left): Mikhail Mikhailovich Postnikov (folk healer), Vera Solovyeva (founder of Sakha Diaspora), Fedor Chiarin (woodworker), Galina Shadrina (prayer singer and folklorist) and Prokopii Bygynanov (ironsmith).

Zuni Delegation visits AMNH (2011)

A delegation of Zuni representatives visited the American Museum of Natural History on an exciting cultural mission - to add the Museum's Zuni artifacts to an innovative digital collaborative catalog created by and for the Zuni people. This collaboration was funded by the National Park Service through a generous grant, which the Museum applied for on the delegation's behalf.

Zuni Delegation visits AMNH
Museum staff welcomes Zuni representatives.  From left: Curtis Quam (Technician/Cultural Educator, AAMHC), Jim Enote (Director, AAMHC), Michael Novacek (Sr. Vice President and Provost for Science), Laurel Kendall (Curator, Asian Ethnology and Anthropology Division Chair), Nell Murphy (Director, Cultural Resources), George Yawakie (Zuni Cultural Advisor), Octavius Seowtewa (Zuni Cultural Advisor ), Ronnie Cachini (Zuni Cultural Advisor) and Peter Whiteley (Curator, North American Ethnology).

Willamette Meteorite Agreement (2000)

The American Museum of Natural History and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon signed historic agreement about Willamette Meteorite at Museum. The agreement recognizes the Museum's tradition of displaying and studying the Meteorite for almost a century, while also enabling the Grand Ronde to re-establish its relationship with the Meteorite with an annual ceremonial visit to the Meteorite.

Willamette Meteorite
AMNH/D. Finnin