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Is This Ancient Palace the Inspiration Behind the Minotaur?

Smithsonian Channel
Discover the inspiration for the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur. Travel to the island of Knossos where ancient Greeks participated in an elaborate form of bullfighting. From: MUSEUM SECRETS REVEALED: Athens http://bit.ly/1nKuQIx

An Up-Close Look at the Royal Regalia

Smithsonian Channel
The Royal Regalia represent two millennia of a nation's sovereignty and symbolize numerous aspects of its power. From the Show: The Coronation http://bit.ly/TheCoronation

These Feisty Female Lemurs Fight With Babies on Their Backs

Smithsonian Channel
In ring-tailed lemur society, it's the females who call the shots. They live in groups of up to 30 members and the alpha female will fight hard to protect her territory. From the Series: Amazing Monkeys: Conquest of Africa http://bit.ly/2zcJhlY

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 11

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Bak'tun 13 Festival: The 13 Bak'tun as Challenge to the Western Mind

National Museum of the American Indian
December 21, 2012, signals the much-anticipated passing of the "13 B'ak'tun" in the ancient American indigenous system of time keeping. As we approach the Mayan Calendar day that marks the turn of eras, Dr. Victor Montejo offers a fascinating presentation on the deep meaning of millennial Maya culture and history from the perspective of a noted Native scholar and author. Victor Montejo is a Jakaltek Maya originally from Guatemala. Previously a professor and chair of the Native American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Montejo now lives in Guatemala. He was formerly Minister of Peace in the Guatemalan Republic. Montejo also served as a member of the Guatemalan National Congress from 2004 to 2008. An internationally recognized author, Montejo's major publications include Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village; Voices from Exile: Violence and Survival in Modern Maya History; Maya Intellectual Renaissance: Critical Essays on Identity, Representation and Leadership; Popol Vuh: Sacred Book of the Mayas; and Q'anil: Man of Lightning. His current projects focus on indigenous migration and transnationalism, as well as in developing a curriculum in Native knowledge and epistemology in his new manuscript, Mayalogue: An Interactionist Theory of Indigenous Cultures. This event was webcast from the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on December 15, 2012.

Star Stories: The Fox and the Stars

National Museum of the American Indian
This animation tells the Chippewa story describing how a man's pet fox scattered the stars across the sky. It is one of nine traditional Native American stories that are part of the National Museum of the American Indian inaugural exhibition "Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World," which is on view through April 20, 2019.

Battle at Sea: Jutland (Full Episode)

Smithsonian Channel
The 1916 Battle of Jutland left thousands dead and destroyed the reputation of British Admiral John Jellicoe. Watch as his grandson joins a scientific expedition to reveal shocking truths about WWI's largest battle at sea. From the Show: Battle at Sea: Jutland http://bit.ly/2HGS6tv

The Paschall Brothers rehearse the song I'll be Satisfied"

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Tidewater gospel quartet is a long and proud a cappella tradition, and the Paschall Brothers are among its last tradition-bearers. With a seemingly unbreakable family bond, the Paschall Brothers have followed in the footsteps of their father, Reverend Frank Paschall Sr. (1923--1999), who led them both philosophically and musically by example. Since the 1960s, the Tidewater style of a cappella gospel has all but disappeared. However, with the descendants of Frank Paschall Sr. the tradition continues to fulfill its purpose of bringing the good news to all those who want to hear it. Here the brothers rehearse and discuss their father's legacy at their Newport, Virginian home. [Catalog No. - CFV10077; Copyright - 2007 Smithsonian Institution]

The Real Excalibur

Smithsonian Channel
According to blacksmiths and historians, King Arthur's legendary sword may have been a roman pattern-welded longsword. From the Series: Mystery Files: King Arthur http://bit.ly/2gCHi0G

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Smithsonian Channel
Watch full episodes and short videos from Smithsonian Channel's vast library of shows about everything from space exploration to world history and wild animals to popular music. Watch Smithsonian Channel here: http://bit.ly/2ij6V6J Watch more: http://bit.ly/2ij6V6J

Cherry Blossom by Antenna

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Industrial designers Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger are partners in the firm Antenna. Udagawa and Moeslinger create functional products for complex systems. For the 2003 Triennial (Inside Design Now), Antenna created a shower of cherry blossoms. Petals float and cluster in relation to the number of visitors traversing the Museum's grand staircase, creating a satisfying symmetry between the electrodes that trigger the blossoms and the nerve endings they touch in us. http://www.antennadesign.com/

Beale Street's Memphis Blues

Smithsonian Channel
Beale Street in downtown Memphis was officially declared the "Home of the Blues" by an act of Congress in 1977. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Tennessee http://bit.ly/1rj9kuP

Cherokee Days 2016 - Traditional Dances 2

National Museum of the American Indian
Members of the Cherokee Nation demonstrate the Stomp Dance. On their last stomp dance, they invite members of the audience to join them. Next, Jarrett Grey Wildcatt emcees and sings for the performances of traditional social dances by the Tsa-La-Gi Touring Group from Cherokee, North Carolina. Their first dance in the groundhog dance. Next, they invite members of the audience to join them in a buffalo dance. Audience members stick around to join in the bullfrog dance. More audience members are brought in to join in the friendship dance. This was the second of two dance performances of the day by the two groups. It was webcast and recorded in the Potomac Atrium of the National Museum of the American Indian on June 10, 2016.

This Veteran's Suggestion Made Filming WWII Easier

Smithsonian Channel
As technology changed, cameras got smaller and color film got simpler, it became possible for soldiers to document the war raging around them. From the Series: History in HD http://bit.ly/2wpNyk0

LIving Aloha Festival 2014: The Aloha Boys & Hālau O 'Aulani

National Museum of the American Indian
The Living Aloha Hawai'i Festival 2014 launches an anniversary year for the the museum, with a rich program of performances. Featured this segment are the music of the Aloha Boyes and hula by students from Hālau O 'Aulani. The Aloha Boys have been playing their music since 1996. Based out of the Washington D.C. area, they have performed at numerous functions from backyard parties to festivals and concerts in the Washington DC region and in venues in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The music of the Aloha Boys brings them and their audience back to a lifestyle that is unique and precious to Hawai'i. Hālau O 'Aulani was founded in 1996 by Ku'ulei Stockman and Margo Schlotterbeck for the sole purpose of creating a learning environment for students interested in the preservation of the multi-faceted cultures of Hawai'i with primary emphasis on the Hawaiian culture. Recorded on the Potomac Atrium of the National Museum of the American Indian on May 18, 2014.

Bahamian Junkanoo Parade

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Junkanoo is a Bahamian street parade featuring colorful and elaborate costumes and floats. Performed every Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year's Day, Junkanoo is a masquerade tradition that draws on The Bahamas' West African ancestral roots and is a public celebration of Bahamian identity and artistic expression. These scenes were filmed during the opening procession at the 1994 Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Master Bahamian drum maker John Chipman explains the role of drums in Junkanoo and drum-making techniques used in The Bahamas. A higher resolution version of this video can be viewed at: http://www.folkways.si.edu/video/caribbean.aspx The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

Cercando un Ago.mov

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
This podcast features Cercando un Ago (1959) by Joan Mitchell.

Physicists Try to Make Star Trek's Warp Drive a Reality

Smithsonian Channel
In Star Trek, an antimatter warp drive allows the Enterprise starship to travel the universe effortlessly, but is this faster-than-light propulsion system actually possible? From: THE REAL STORY: Star Trek http://bit.ly/UG6G8q

Witness to Disaster

Smithsonian Channel
Max Coleman describes watching as the Hindenburg burst into flames and passengers threw their belongings, their children, and themselves from the windows of the burning ship. From: HINDENBURG: THE UNTOLD STORY http://bit.ly/1lqjiXD

Happy 3D Printing Day: Interview with GE designer Justin Gambone (part 2)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Justin Gambone, Edison Engineer Additive Manufacturing Lab at GE Global Research, talks about developing a 3D part based on a silver matchsafe, "Serpent and Fruit", ca. 1900, from Cooper-Hewitt's collection.

Smithsonian Global Chinese

Smithsonian Institution
Footage Courtesy of: Smithsonian Channel George Stoyle Compass Films Camera Klaus Reisinger and U Khin Maunk Gyu Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Interactive Media Concept, Design and Production by Local Projects Pen initial concept Local Projects with Diller Scofidio + Renfro Special Thanks to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Digital Experience supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies Folklife Festival Videography and Editing: Albert Tong The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Photos by Joshua Eli Cogan, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives SERC, Hutomo Wicaksono, and the Freer| Sackler Galleries of Asian Art, and the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office.

Battle of Okinawa in Color (Full Episode)

Smithsonian Channel
Okinawa was the site of the last battle of WWII. Through it all, cameramen risked their lives to film the conflict, from land combat to kamikaze attacks. See the footage they captured and experience this battle the way the soldiers saw it - in color. From the Show: Battle of Okinawa in Color http://bit.ly/2Aq56wq

How MH370 Will Affect the Safety of Your Next Flight

Smithsonian Channel
In the wake of MH370's disappearance, a number of new safety implements are being consider by the airline industry, including a self-ejecting black box. Catch Malaysia 370: The Plane That Vanished on Saturday, April 19th at 7PM ET, only on Smithsonian Channel. From: MALAYSIA 370: THE PLANE THAT VANISHED http://bit.ly/1h1dsK8
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