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Photography Fellow Stephen Dupont documented the Westernization of traditional society in Papua New Guinea, from lawlessness in urban Port Moresby to cultural struggles throughout the Highlands and Sepik River region. In this video, he describes photographing Sing-Sings, large cultural festivals. The exhibition "Stephen Dupont: Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries" ran through September 2, 2013.

Stephen Dupont is an Australian photographer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, and Rolling Stone, among other publications.


Harvard Divinity professor David Carrasco on the bold colors and favorite images of papel picado, the cut paper banners popular during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and other celebrations.


What is the origin of papel picado, the cut paper banners popular during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and other celebrations? Harvard Divinity professor David Carrasco explains two theories.


The story of Xolotl, the supernatural dog who returned from the underworld, as told by Harvard Divinity professor David Carrasco in front of the Day of the Dead altar.


From Storied Walls: Murals of the Americas: Ancient Maya music as depicted in the murals of Bonampak.


The fearsome Decapitator God of the ancient Moche culture in Peru leads a Peabody Museum curator to ask, "Why worship such an angry god?"


Why do so many ceramic bottles of the ancient Moche culture have stirrup-shaped spouts? A curator shows how concepts of duality were commonly featured in Moche ceramics.


From Encounters With the Americas: Harvard Divinity School's David Carrasco describes the essential elements of a Day of the Dead altar in front of the Museum's permanent altar.


From Encounters With the Americas: A conversation with Day of the Dead Altar Artist Mizael Sanchez about his permanent altar in the Museum. Produced by Lisa Barbash.


"Weaving History" follows the production of the sally bag, "Honoring the Weaver of the 1805 Wasco Basket," to its display in the past exhibit, From Nation to Nation: Examining Lewis and Clark's Indian Collection.


Totem poles are returned to the Tlingit people in Alaska and the Peabody Museum commissions new totem poles now on view in the Hall of the North American Indian. Film by by Wen-Jie Qin.


 Videos - Behind-the-Scenes

A Harvard couple with Peabody Museum connections helps train local Hondurans to study, maintain ancient Maya sites. Bill Fash is the museum's former director, and Barbara Fash heads the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions. Video: Harvard Gazette


"Photographic Moments: Past, Present, and Future in Papua New Guinea" is a one-hour webinar with award-winning photographer and Gardner Fellow Stephen Dupont in a lively discussion of his latest book and exhibition documenting social change in Papua New Guinea, Stephen Dupont: Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries.  (June 27, 2013)


Who is the Monkey King and why is he one of the most beloved characters of Chinese mythology? Puppeteer Margaret Moody of Galapagos Puppets brings the Monkey King to life.


Who is the Laughing Buddha and what does he have to do with Chinese New Year? Maskmaker and performer Eric Bornstein of Behind the Mask Theatre explains.


Peabody Museum archaeologists lead students on a search for colonial Harvard.


Harvard students dig for signs of the 17th-century Indian College in Harvard Yard. Explore two Wampanoag students, Joel Iacoomes and Caleb Cheeshateamuck. 


A piece of metal print type discovered in Harvard Yard is connected to a Native American printer from the 17th-century Indian College.


A flute-playing intern asked if she could try to play ancient bone flutes. With help from the Conservation Department, the answer was "yes."


Intern research on 19th-century home dental care products excavated from a Cambridge home.


Behind-the-scenes in the Museum's Zooarchaeology Lab, where archaeologists go to identify animal bones.


Who was the FeeJee Mermaid, and why did people pay to see her?


An excavation in Peru reveals a tiny scrap of paper with a big story to tell: a previously unknown language spoken in pre-Hispanic and Colonial Peru.


A few highlights from the 19th-century Boston Museum: George Washington's sash, a Malayan dagger, and a Maori carving depicting facial tattooing (moko) with a Peabody Museum intern.