The move comes after the Biden Administration’s recent updates to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which includes tribal consultation and consent for exhibition and research of artifacts.
In a letter to museum staff from the museum’s president, both halls are said to display artifacts that could require consent under the new regulations.
The letter goes on to say the halls are severely outdated and rather than covering or removing items, they’re closing the halls.
The museum is also covering seven cases with Native items located in various areas in the museum.
The museum says it will work with tribes and Native communities and will use this as a learning opportunity.
A Farmington, N.M. musician is channeling John Cage and his Navajo ancestors to honor those lost in the Long Walk.
KSJD’s Clark Adomaitis has the story of a musical performance that will run for four and a half years.
Delbert Anderson is a jazz musician and composer in Farmington.
Recently, Anderson launched a performance of a piece he calls “The Long Walk”.
It’s an abstract piece of music that lasts for four-and-a-half years, but only includes 50 notes in total.
There are months of musical silence between each note.
The four-and-a-half-year-long piece represents the amount of time of the Long Walk of the Navajo – 1674 days.
That’s the length of time Navajo people were forced from their homeland in the 1860s by the U.S. government.
In December, Anderson gathered with community members and musicians at an art gallery in Farmington.
The performance was a single note played for a 30-second interval – a concert D.
“For those of you who want to participate, you’re welcome to sing the note as well. you can hold the note as long as you you want. Some people just do a simple bop. And that’s it.”
On the Long Walk, more than 10,000 Navajo people were forced to march hundreds of miles to an internment camp in New Mexico.
They were malnourished and weren’t clothed properly. During some periods, 20-30 starved each week.
These are the details performers and audience members consider in the moments before the note is played.
The musicians hold the D note, as we reflect on a history that’s more than a hundred years old.
Following the note, there’s silence for some time.
Sam Bader (Native Hawaiian) is a trombonist who lives in Farmington.
“When I played that concert, D on my trombone, I just felt echoes of like generations of, of ancestors. And I think I really felt it in the silence after I played. I had to close my eyes and just kind of sit and think with it for a little bit.”
The 50th and final note will be performed on June 1, 2028.
In the intervening time, several dozen additional notes will be played.
Between each of those notes, there are periods of silence – silence that reminds us what the Navajo people faced during their Long Walk.
Pete Kaiser (Yup’ik) won his eighth Kuskokwim 300 Sled dog race, as he crossed the finish line in Bethel early Sunday morning.
Rhonda McBride from our flagship station KNBA has more.
Kaiser raced over a hard and fast trail in sub-zero temperatures over the frozen Kuskokwim River.
The trail runs 300 miles to Bethel and Aniak and back, following an old route used to deliver mail by dog team.
Kaiser is from Bethel.
He and his team of twelve dogs, which made it from start to finish, take home a $28,500 prize.
Kaiser won the 2019 Iditarod and beat this year’s champ, Ryan Reddington, who came in seventh.
Reddington (Inupiat) was the sixth Alaska Native musher to win the Iditarod.