October 17, 2008

The 411 on Burke 101

Guest writer: Laura Crisp

For those of you who don’t know, the museum’s Burke 101 program is back after a summer hiatus! My name is Laura Crisp and I am a second-year student in the Museology graduate program at the UW. This quarter I am thrilled to be taking “Native Art of the Pacific Northwest” from Professor (and Burke Curator) Dr. Robin Wright, and I am participating in the Burke 101 course teaching visitors about Northwest native art.

Burke 101 provides UW students with a unique opportunity to develop and present informal education programs for visitors in the Burke galleries. If you come see us in the galleries, you will be able to touch authentic Native objects, do hands-on activities, or even just have a conversation about Native art and culture. The students in Burke 101 really enjoy talking with visitors and we love being able to teach and learn from you! If this sounds like something you are interested in, please see our Web site for the schedule and for more information about the Burke 101 program, http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/events/burke.php.

As the quarter progresses, I will be posting on the Burke blog again to report back about our gallery sessions… I hope you come check us out in the galleries! Here’s a fun fact to entice you: Native peoples used to make their diapers out of cedar bark… can you imagine the labor that must have gone into that? Think about that the next time you pass the diaper aisle at the grocery store!
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