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Navigating Individual Resource Pages on History Explorer

National Museum of American History
This is a video tutorial for making the most of individual resource pages on Smithsonian's History Explorer (/ It is part of a series of tutorials.

Chikasha Poya: We Are Chickasaw - Storytelling by Stephanie Scott

National Museum of the American Indian
Stephanie Scott of the Chickasaw Nation tells several traditional tales, including how the world got fire and how butterflies got their colors. The festival was webcast from the Potomac Atrium of the National Museum of the American Indian on August 15, 2014.

Happy Second Birthday Tealia Anemones!

National Zoo
In May the National Zoo celebrated the second birthday of its telia anemones. Two years ago invertebrate keeper Mike Henley came to work to find the anemones spawning, so he collected eggs and sperm and became the first to successfully use a coral larvae rearing technique to rear these anemones. Today they are the size of a quarter and on exhibit at the Invertebrate Exhibit.

Benthic Ctenophores in Bocas del Toro

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Footage of some benthic ctenophores found in Bocas del Toro. Video by Rosana Rocha Edited by Rachel Collin

2012 National Design Awards Gala: Part 2

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
5:18 Design Patron: Red Burns 9:10 Design Mind: Janine Benyus 17:28 Corporate & Institutional Achievement: Design That Matters 23:38 Architecture Design: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects 31:28 Communication Design: Rebeca Méndez 40:00 Landscape Architecture: Stoss Landscape Urbanism 46:30 Fashion Design: Thom Browne 52:38 Interaction Design: Evan Roth 54:51 Interior Design: Clive Wilkinson Architects 1:02:41 Product Design: Scott Wilson 1:11:29 Lifetime Achievement: Richard Saul Wurman The National Design Awards are bestowed at a gala benefit dinner and awards ceremony in New York City each fall. This year's festivities will be held at the spectacular Pier Sixty on the Hudson River on the evening of Wednesday, October 17. This year's vice-chairs are Beth Comstock, Aaron Dignan, Paul Herzan, Madeleine Rudin Johnson, Fern Mallis, Todd Oldham, and Judy Francis Zankel. Designed again by David Stark, the gala decor will give a playful nod to the fundamentals of design. As basic, geometric shapes are the building blocks of all design, Pier Sixty will be transformed into a vibrant world of bold shapes and bright colors, creating a strikingly dynamic and festive atmosphere along with adding a contemporary twist on the color wheel.

Life Cycle of Butterflies– Lesson 14: Discovering that Butterflies are Insects

Smithsonian Science Education Center
"Quick Tips: Resources for Teachers” is a series of short videos providing down-to-earth advice and instructional tips to teachers of STC™, our signature science curriculum. Each “Quick Tip” offers practical suggestions by experienced teachers for handling materials or managing classrooms in science investigations.

A New View of Vegas

Smithsonian Channel
Started by mobsters and ruled by Wall Street, the Las Vegas strip has become the capitol of extravagance...and bad behavior. From the Series: Aerial America: Nevada

Khandu Degio on the tradition of building bamboo "spirit houses"

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Koro is an endangered Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Arunachal Pradesh, India, with an estimated 600-800 speakers. Khandu Degio, a Koro speaker, describes two varieties of "spirit houses", Sukong-Grng and Mloyn-Fojo, delicate bamboo structures made during rice harvest once or twice a year. The Sukong-Grng is created to placate and subdue evil, while the Mloyn-Fojo is created to worship the deity and ensure prosperity. Videography by Sara Legg and Jillian Reagan Sound by Alexander Jusdanis Editing by Sara Legg and Jillian Reagan [Catalog No. CFV10564; Copyright 2013 Smithsonian Institution]

Currency blade (liganda doa)

National Museum of African Art
Narrated by Tom Joyce. Video by Peter Kirby © Fowler Museum at UCLA

Finding Common Ground 1 | Welcome and Introductory Remarks

National Museum of the American Indian
Finding Common Ground focuses on the complex history of African Americans and Native Americans and how their intertwined stories have become an essential part of American identity. In this segment, the museum's Elizabeth Gische welcomes the audience and introduces the symposium moderator, Michel Martin, Ms. Martin, of NPR's All Things Considered, gives some introductory remarks. Finding Common Ground is a collaboration between the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It was webcast and recorded in the Rasumson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on February 15, 2018.

Why Anchorage Is a Winter Sports Playground

Smithsonian Channel
Dog-sledding in public parks, a furry winter festival, and a playful take on the Running of the Bulls are just a few ways Anchorage residents celebrate their incredibly frosty home. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Alaska

Spark!Lab: Invent Your Own Light Bulb

National Museum of American History
Spark!Lab's Steve Madewell teaches you how to construct your very own light bulb, just like Thomas Edison. From the Lemelson Center's Spark!Lab in the National Museum of American History.

Why Denver is an Art-Lover's Paradise

Smithsonian Channel
Originally just a lone saloon for worn out miners, Denver is now the state capitol and most populous city in Colorado, with a tradition of modern architecture and an iconic airport. From the Series: Aerial America: Colorado

Island Scrub-Jay

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Island Scrub-Jay nest being predated by Channel Island Fox.

Obligations to the Ancestors Ritual 1986

Human Studies Film Archives
Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Full video record documenting a major buffalo sacrifice in the village of Mangganipi. This feast forms part of a complex system of ritual exchange among the Kodi people on the island of west Sumba, Indonesia. Video includes an extended interview with the principal singer from the feast.

Finding Life in Outer Space (Full Episode)

Smithsonian Channel
Over billions of years, planet Earth has become home to an amazing interdependent ecosystem. But how did life here begin? We uncover the secrets of our world by tracking the evolution of the cosmos itself, from the Big Bang onwards. From the Show: Finding Life in Outer Space Watch more of Smithsonian Channel's full episodes on

Bak'tun 13 Festival: Timeline of Guatemalan Fashion

National Museum of the American Indian
In this webcast from the Potomac atrium of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. "Timeline of Guatemalan Fashion" is a "fashion show" of Maya textiles from the 1930's to the present, a rare look at the changes that have impacted the textiles over the last 80 years. This event was part of Bak'tun 13: A Guatemalan Cultural Festival that took place at the museum on December 14-16, 2012.

Do Otters Mate for Life?

Smithsonian Channel
Many believe that otters are partnered for life. A caretaker at Smithsonian's National Zoo explains why that's only partially true. #ZooQs From: WILD INSIDE THE NATIONAL ZOO: Sea Mammal Smarts

Living Earth Festival 2016 - Music and Dance Along the Inka Road 2

National Museum of the American Indian
The museum's annual Living Earth Festival showcases the best of traditional knowledge and traditions to promote sustainable living. In this segment Grupo ETNIA performs the music of Bolivia and Peru as Tinku Llajtaymanta and Tradiciones Bolivianas perform traditional dances in colorful regalia. This is the second of two performances given by these groups on July 16, 2016 in the Potomac Atrium of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Malcolm X Park Drum Circle Washington DC

Anacostia Community Museums Collections and Research
An interview with some of the founding drummers of the Malcolm X Drum Circle in Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC

Chandra's Extraordinary Universe (Standard Definition)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
In ten years of operation, the Chandra X-ray Observatory has transformed our view of the high-energy universe with its ability to make exquisite X-ray images of star clusters, supernova remnants, galactic eruptions, and collisions between clusters of galaxies.

Wild Packs of Painted Dogs

Smithsonian Channel
Wild painted dogs, found only in Africa, live in packs of up to twenty animals and are excellent hunters. From: WHEN LIONS ATTACK
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