News and Announcements

Remembering LaDonna Brave Bull Allard (1956-2021)

The museum regrets the passing of LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Standing Rock Sioux historian, who helped to coordinate resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline. LaDonna worked with Butch Thunder Hawk, Castle McLaughlin, and their team to develop the exhibit Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West, which foregrounds contemporary Lakota perspectives.  As Tourism Coordinator at Standing Rock, La Donna guided the team to significant places on the reservation and narrated several of the gallery videos created by Professor Lucien Taylor. 

Peabody Museum to Digitize and Share Kalahari Archives with Descendant Communities in Africa

Kalahari kids lean on Peabody truck.

The Peabody Museum begins a two-year project to catalog, digitize, and share the photographs and records of one of the most significant contributions to American anthropology: the eight Marshall Family expeditions to the northwest Kalahari region of Southern Africa (1950 –1961). The museum will share the archives with the descendants of the Ju/’hoansi and G/wi, with whom the Marshalls worked.

The Marshalls documented how the Indigenous peoples of the Kalahari San (primarily the Ju/’hoansi) lived prior to extended contact with the “modern world.”

Photos and Videos by Hispanic Teens to Be Featured

In September, 2020, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture—a consortium that includes the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—will launch Hear Me Out, a project to expand Hispanic engagement by collaborating with youth. The consortium will partner with two youth-serving agencies in Chelsea and Somerville, neighboring cities that have large Hispanic populations, and the Somerville Media Center.