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Articles in category Anthropology: 43

  • You have likely heard the term "pow wow" -- but, what is a real pow wow? Join me as I tour the Annual Denver March Pow Wow, and speak with participants about the song, dance, food, and cultures of this unique gathering and celebration. Special thanks to Grace B. Gillette and Denver March Po…
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  • As Rick continues to process his photographs (they'll need more work back in Denver), we thought we would share some more with you so that you can again see the results of his many talents. Today, we send along five photographs: a close-up of the face of the old man in Balilaika…
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  • Rick and I finished our work with the Konvalenko family today! Rick took photographs of another sculpture, Balilaika Player, which has the oldest character we've seen in the collection. He's a jolly old man, with bony figures and a lively disposition. His face is really expressive, and Konoval…
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  • Today Rick faced the biggest photography challenge to date, with two really big pieces (photos will follow soon) and three smaller pieces. The Painter is not a typical Konovalenko sculpture -- note the figure is static, not dynamic. The Fisherman is more dynamic, having just lost the big one t…
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  • Today I conducted more interviews with Ms. Konovalenko, focusing on the Museum's sculptures and family archives. Rick took photographs of a Fisherman statue and various clay sculptures that Konovalenko used as models for the stone sculptures. Note the rabbit -- the pencil marks …
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  • We just finished our first day of work with the Konovalenko family. I conducted two hours of oral history with Anna Konovalenko, the artist's wife; Rick Wicker photographed two clay models of sculptures in the DMNS collection. The photos above include overviews of Sauna I: The Thin a…
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  • The Konovalenko Project team is off to Europe to work with Ms. Anna Konovalenko! Since her husband Vasily's untimely death in 1989, Ms. Konovalenko has worked tirelessly to enhance her husband's legacy and help the world enjoy his art. While museum photographer Rick Wicker takes high quality …
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  • With life, inevitably arrives death, the great immovable mountain of the human landscape. Yet despite death's common claim, societies have developed their own particular ways of grieving, remembering, and healing. Each year, at November's beginning, we may share in one of the most dynamic c…
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  • Of all the animals that Native American cultures have used through the millennia, the eagle has played an especially important role. Bald and golden eagles are used for headdresses, ceremonial attire, staff, ritual whistles, and many other sacred items. Eagles are among the principal animal to…
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  • Every year since 2008, the Denver Museum has hosted Native community members through its Visiting Indigenous Fellowship Program, generously funded by the Dodge Family Fund and the Calvin A. and Virginia J. Powers Family Fund. This year we were honored to host Dallin Maybee and Adrian John, who…
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