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Notes on Siouan migrations

National Anthropological Archives

The Migration

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Indians Migrating

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian Immigration / Migration Initiative

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
To complement the Smithsonian Immigration/Migration Initiative, a team of ARTLAB+ teens filmed video interviews at the 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day, asking festival goers to talk about their family roots. To learn more about ARTLAB+ Production Teams and other programs, visit artlabplus.si.edu.

Wildebeest Migration Threatened

Smithsonian Magazine

Crazy Crab Migrations

Smithsonian Magazine

Unlocking the Secrets of Bird Migration

National Zoo
Feb. 23, 2015—Meet our superhero #Birdman, Dr. Pete Marra. Birds use superpowers to migrate thousands of miles and Dr. Marra has sworn to use cutting-edge research in the battle to save wild birds. Understanding where and when birds travel is key to protecting habitats, understanding the spread of diseases and so much more. Learn more about our #Birdman in this video made possible with the support of ConocoPhillips​. #Oscars2015 #WeSaveSpecies

Keith Appel's "Migrating Form"

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in the "Torch," August 1978

National Collection of Fine Art's curator of education, Peter Bermingham, with Keith Appel's "Migrating Form."

The Distribution and Migration of North American Birds, January, 1866

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Second Smithsonian Secretary Spencer F. Baird's work called "The Distribution and Migration of North American Birds," from the American Journal of Science and Arts, Vol. XLI, January 1866.

Ancient Peoples, Modern Migration: Maya Migration and Sustaining Culture

National Museum of the American Indian
In this bilingual panel presentation, Maya and other indigenous cultural activists from Mesoamerica discuss the experience of retaining cultural traditions and identity as they negotiate life in the United States. The program is moderated by Jose Barreiro (Taíno), director of the Office for Latin America, National Museum of the American Indian. Panelists: Jeronimo Camposeco, a K’anjobal Maya from Guatemala now settled in Florida, has been instrumental in developing socio-cultural continuity and strategies of survival and well-being after political persecution and economic depression for the growing community of Maya refugees . Juanita Cabrera Lopez, a Mam Maya activist, is executive director of the International Mayan League, one several hundred Maya-based organizations in the United States. The Maya League's purpose is to conserve, protect, and transmit Maya culture, history, language, and vision for future generations of Maya people in the northern diaspora. Margarito Esquino, Nahuat from El Salvador, is chief of the National Association of Indigenous Salvadorans (ANIS), which represents Nahuat, Lenca, and Maya peoples of El Salvador. ANIS advocates for their members’ safety, well-being, and right to practice indigenous cultural traditions. Odilia de Leon, a migrant from the Nebaj–Quiche community of Guatemala, Odilia settled in the United States in 2014, where she works as a domestic. As a leader of the Centreville Labor Resource Center, she helps others in the quest to sustain cultural and social links in a diasporic situation. This program was webcast and recorded in the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on September 16, 2016.

Museum of Migration Opens in London

Smithsonian Magazine

London has always been an international city, and as huge numbers of migrants have surged into Europe in the midst of an international refugee crisis, it’s become even more diverse. Now, their experiences will take center stage in a new museum devoted entirely to how migration has shaped Britain throughout the centuries, Alyssa Buffenstein reports for artnet.

It’s called the Migration Museum at The Workshop, Buffenstein reports. The free museum, run by the Migration Museum Project, is dedicated to documenting and exploring how people have moved to and from Britain over the years—and it’s opening at a time of widespread debate about the country’s approach to migration.

The international refugee crisis isn’t the only factor affecting that conversation. The UK’s decision to exit the European Union was based in part on voters’ fears about migrants, especially after the government released a report that stated that 333,000 people had immigrated to the UK in 2015—a figure near the country’s all-time peak. According to the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, 8.7 million foreign-born people now live in the UK, 3.2 million of them in London.

The Migration Museum at the Workshop will tell their stories—and the stories of those who came before them. Current exhibitions include a multimedia exploration of refugees who lived in a now-destroyed camp in Calais to 100 Images of Migration, a collection of photos about foreign-born people now living in the UK. Later this month, the museum will open an exhibition about the personal items that migrants bring with them to the UK called Keepsakes. The museum also hosts events around the city and is lobbying for more education about the immigrant experience. 

It’s not the first attempt to focus on immigrants’ stories in the British capital. London already has a museum of immigration and diversity, and in 2016 a well-reviewed show called London Stories told tales of people who made new lives in London. But the Migration Museum could be the most ambitious of the projects. With plans to open as a permanent space in the future, it promises to be a venue that will share many narratives of the new faces who are forging their adopted metropolis' unique character.

Norwegian TV Series on Migrating Reindeer Impeded After Animals Stop Migrating

Smithsonian Magazine

Hordes of galloping reindeer are the hottest stars of Norwegian TV. More than one million people have tuned in to watch a days-long, minute-by-minute broadcast of a reindeer herd making its annual migration to new grazing ground. Alas, it seems that fame has gone to the animals’ heads. As The Local reports, the show recently hit a snafu when its cast of characters refused to keep moving.

The series is titled Reinflytting: Minutt for Minutt (Real Reindeer of Norway was presumably tabled for another time), and it is part of the “slow TV” phenomenon that has taken Norway by storm. People searching for respite from the hectic pace of modern life have been glued to their televisions as achingly mundane activities play out in real time. Previous hits have chronicled 3 hours and 55 minutes of knitting, a five-day boat journey, and a 7-hour train ride from Bergen to Oslo.

The migrating reindeer, however, are too slow for slow TV. NRK, the network behind the craze, had planned to air about 168 hours of live footage, tracking the reindeer as they journeyed from a remote, frosty location in the north to spring pastures on the island of Kvaløya. According to Matt Hickman of Mother Nature Network, the series was supposed to culminate on April 28, with the reindeer’s dramatic swim across the Kvalsundet Strait.

But the reindeer do not appear to be particularly concerned about the network’s production schedule. The animals have come to an abrupt halt, and to spare the show’s 31-person crew from languishing in the frigid wilds of Norway, NRK decided to put the transmission on hold. “It is first and foremost a matter of time,” said producer Ole Rune Hætta, according to The Local. “We have stretched the elastic as much as we can with regards to our staff. We cannot get a replacement team so far out in to the wild.”

Reinflytting has been NPK’s most ambitious boring project to date. According to Elisabeth Ulven of The Guardian, the reindeer’s habitat is so remote that it isn’t covered by communications satellites. The production team has been using mirrors to reflect signals as they broadcast the journey. Drones and specially outfitted snowmobiles have helped the crew keep up with the herd, and the team has even strapped a camera to the antlers of a tame reindeer named Muzet.

Hopefully, the crew will be on hand when the reindeer resume their migration. In the meantime, those desperate for a fix of slow TV can find some of NPK’s offerings on Netflix. Because nothing induces mind-numbing calm like 12 hours of burning firewood.

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