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On the Crush Pad: The fruit is history

National Museum of American History
From "FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000"

Google Hangout for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
What happens when you bring together Lisa Ling, Angry Asian Man, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center? A seriously amazing conversation about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! We're going to chat about the significance of APA Heritage Month and this year's theme, "I Want the Wide American Earth," and we'll take questions from you -- our supporters and fans. Send us questions by including #may1apa in your tweet, leaving a message on this event page, or emailing us at Join us on May 1 from 3:00pm -- 3:45pm (EDT) for the Smithsonian's first Google+ Hangout. The video link will go live at the start time. You can watch via YouTube as these panelists participate in the Hangout. The Hangout will be archived on YouTube so you can watch it later at your convenience. Panelists include: * Konrad Ng, Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. * Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI). * Phil Yu, the blogger behind Angry Asian Man. * Lisa Ling, journalist, writer, and host of "Our America with Lisa Ling." Moderator: Gautam Raghavan, Associate Director of Public Engagement at the White House. This Google+ Hangout is a partnership between the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. For more information about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month events at the Smithsonian, visit You may be wondering: What is a Google+ Hangout? Google+ Hangout is a free video chat service from Google that enables both one-on-one chats and group chats with up to ten people at a time.

The Fiddler Crab Uca burgersi

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Fiddler crabs are a common sight around the Bocas del Toro Research Station. They can be seen near the main lab building, as well as by the dock and mangroves. Watch for the waving movements of the big claw that the males use to attract females. This movement makes them look as if they were playing a fiddle, thus the name Fiddler Crabs. Video by: Rachel Collin Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Bocas del Toro Panama 2012

ArtLab with Hooliganship-Balloon

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Several teens participating in Hirshhorn's ArtLab program created "Balloon" during an animation workshop with veteran After Hours performers Hooliganship.


National Museum of African Art

A Promise Kept: 12 – Panel Three Discussion

National Museum of the American Indian
Influential policy advocate, writer, curator, and 2014 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) is recognized for a lifetime of achievement in this symposium, “A Promise Kept: The Inspiring Life and Works of Suzan Shown Harjo.” A founding trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian, Harjo’s legacy of activism and artistic accomplishment continues to inspire Native Nations and people and influence U.S. policies about Native sovereignty and cultures. In this segment, speakers from Panel Three have a discussion. The panelists include Jodi Archambault, Director of Indigenous Peoples Initiatives, Wend Ventures; Tina Kuckkahn-Miller, Esq., Vice President of Indigenous Arts and Education, The Evergreen State College; and Wilson Pipestem, Esq., Founding Partner, Pipestem Law, P.C. The symposium was webcast and recorded in the National Museum of the American Indian Rasmuson Theater on September 20, 2019.

The Black Blizzards of Oklahoma

Smithsonian Channel
What the farmers who settled Oklahoma's lands didn't know was that the years of plentiful rain were only a brief segment of a cycle that would bring drought, dust storms, and devastation. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Oklahoma

Queen Elizabeth II on the Ride to the Coronation

Smithsonian Channel
On June 2, 1953, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II set out for Westminster Abbey for the Coronation. Hear Her Majesty describe the uncomfortable miles-long ride in a golden four-ton coach. From the Show: The Coronation

What Happens to a Body After Death?

Smithsonian Channel
See the many stages of the human body's decomposition process. From: CATCHING KILLERS: Cause of Death

Why 1995 Was a Big Year for Grey Wolves in Yellowstone

Smithsonian Channel
A century ago in Yellowstone, predators such as wolves were viewed as the enemy of progress and were hunted to near extinction. But in 1995, a bold new plan to reintroduce them was put into place. From the Series: Epic Yellowstone: Return of the Predators

Elephant Aunties Play a Key Role in Raising Calves

Smithsonian Channel
All the females in a herd of elephants are related – and together, they have a collective responsibility for the young. Their duties involve babysitting, protecting and even suckling the calves. From the Series: Mysteries of the Mekong: Thailand

Roy Two Thousand, "Lake of Dreams," Timelapse video installation, 2017-18

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Roy Two Thousand with Crystal Dawn Davis, August Winkelman, and Connor McNeill, “Lake of Dreams,” 2017 (featuring footage from Burning Man 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2016). Courtesy of the artist Burning Man art installations and mutant vehicles featured in order of appearance: Dan Sullivan and the “Catacomb Crew Catacomb of Veils,” 2016. Marco Cochrane “Truth Is Beauty,” 2013. Jonny and Max Poynton and the Lighthouse Crew “The Black Rock Lighthouse Service,” 2016. David Best and the Temple Crew “The Temple,” 2016. Zac Carroll “Front Porch,” 2013. Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg “MAGIC,” 2016. Marco Cochrane “Bliss Dance,” 2010. Gregg Fleishman and Melissa Barron “Otic Oasis,” 2011. Katy Boynton “Heartfullness,” 2013. Gregg Fleishman, Melissa Barron, and Lightning Clearwater III “Temple of Whollyness,” 2013. Robert Bose “Balloon Chain” (left), 2011 & Harlan Emil Gruber “The Turquoise Portal” (right), 2013. Solar Culture “Goddesscraft,” 2013. Kirsten Berg “(In)visible” (left), 2013 & Bryan Tedrick “Coyote” (right), 2013. Jerry Snyder “Ichthyosaur Puppet Project” (right), 2013. Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg “BELIEVE,” 2013. The Pier Group with Matthew Schultz, Android Jones, and Andy Tibbetts “The Space Whale,” 2016. Dave Gertler, Shilpi Chhotray, Tasha Johnson, and Danile Valencia Backhoff “Hands,” 2013. Jessika Welz “Celestial Mechanica,” 2016. Dana Albany & the Youth Educational Project (Y.E.S.) “Youth Educational Spaceship (YES),” 2013. White Ocean “White Ocean” (Theme Camp), 2016. Death Guild “Thunderdome” (Theme Camp), 2013. Christopher Schardt “Char Wash,” 2013. Chris Hankins, Diarmaid Horkan, and the International Art Megacrew “Temple of Transition,” 2011 & Charles Manchetser, aka Captain Flipper “Christina: Queen of Black Rock City,” 2011. Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg “LOVE,” 2011. Kirk Jellum “The Mantis,” 2011. Flaming Lotus Girls “Tympani Lambada” (left), 2011 & Charles Gadeken “AURORA” (right), 2011. La Victrola Society “La Victrola,” 2016. Michael Christian “Drifts,” 2013. Jim Bowers “1Mile Clock,” 2011. Robot Heart Collective “Robot Heart,” 2011.

Spectacular Sights of Wolfberg Arch Up-Close

Smithsonian Channel
The Wolfberg Arch, located in the Cederberg mountain area in Western Cape, South Africa, is an awe-inspiring 160-foot-long sandstone formation with a 40-foot-high archway. From the Series: Aerial Africa: Western Cape

David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef: Builders (Full Episode)

Smithsonian Channel
Sir David Attenborough takes us to mysterious depths for an up-close look at the wonderfully diverse community that calls the Great Barrier Reef home. We uncover surprising details about the reef's origins, which are more recent than once believed. From the Series: David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef: Builders

A Salvage Team Takes Apart a Hovercraft in Record Time

Smithsonian Channel
One of the biggest amphibious vehicles in the world, the 300-ton Princess Margaret hovercraft, is set for the recycle heap. The salvage team gets to work. From the Series: Inside Mighty Machines: Hovercraft

Marie Antoinette Didn’t Actually Say “Let Them Eat Cake”

Smithsonian Channel
Did Marie Antoinette really say, "Let them eat cake"? Discover the truth about France's most infamous queen through her coded letters written to Swedish diplomat and alleged lover, Axel von Fersen. From: MUSEUM SECRETS REVEALED: Chateau of Versailles

Orange-crowned Warbler on Catalina Island, CA

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Orange-crowned warbler feeding young and removing fecal sac from nest on Catalina Island, California. The orange-crowned warbler is from the endemic subspecies Vermivora celata sordida.

How Taxidermists Prepared this Enormous Elephant

Smithsonian Channel
The largest elephant ever prepared for a museum has become an icon of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. From the Series: Smithsonian Spotlight: 100 Years of Natural History

When It’s Time to Attract a Mate, Male Caimans Don’t Do Subtle (4K)

Smithsonian Channel
Impressing females is a competitive event for male caimans: they’ll groan, bellow, blow bubbles or spray water off their backs – the bigger the display, the better their chances. From the Series: Brazil Untamed: Jaguar Den

This Legendary Bear Matriarch is a Yellowstone Icon

Smithsonian Channel
Quad mom is one of Yellowstone's most celebrated bears, and over the years, a prolific breeder. It's an important quality because as recently as 40 years ago, bears in the area were placed on the endangered list. From the Series: Epic Yellowstone: Return of the Predators

First Film 1952

Human Studies Film Archives
title from credits (published work)--archival collection

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Film shot in 1951, originally known by the title "!Kung Bushmen of the Kalahari". It came to be known as FIRST FILM because it was, in fact, the first film edited from the Marshall Ju/'hoan film collection. Though shot by John Marshall, "First Film" is a lecture film that was edited and directed by Lorna and Laurence Marshall with the assistance of Jerry Ballantine. It provides an overview of many aspects of Ju/'hoan life and culture. Completed in 1952, the film was not formally released for distribution until 1995. This composite print contains the only existing audio for FIRST FILM. For other silent film of this title, see 83.11.77-1,2 in Series 1

Pearl Harbor

Smithsonian Channel
Years after the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor, the devastation is still visible from the air. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Hawaii

Day of the Dead: Dance of the Kites 2

National Museum of the American Indian
The local Maya-Mam culural organization, Grupo AWAL, perform the traditional dance Baile de los Barriletes, Dance of the Kites, to the accompaniment of traditional instruments, including a Guatemalan marimba. A demonstration of the Guatemalan marimba proceeds the dance. This is the first of two performances of the dance that was webcast from the Potomac Atrium of the National Museum of the American Indian on November 1, 2014.

Stéphanie Leclerc-Caffarel RV Seminar

National Museum of Natural History
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