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Newest press releases
Heritage Festival 2022
The Heritage Festival and Native Art Market will take place in July 2 & 3 2022. Since 1930 the festival was only canceled once before, during World War II. Supporting artists has been and continues to be incredibly important to MNA, and the annual summer festivals were originally created to provide an economic opportunity for Native artists.Learn More
The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) presents The Great Unknown: Artists at Glen Canyon and Lake Powell opening May 7, 2022 and running through November 2022. The exhibition explores different perspectives of the canyon, the dam, and the lake while bringing to light the impacts of human interaction with the natural world.Learn More
Retrospective exhibit of art by Baje Whitethorne Sr.
Bursting with color, the exhibition Baje Whitethorne Sr.: Náátsʼíilid/Rainbow Light retrospective exhibit presents the full spectrum of art by Baje Whitethorne Sr., a visual storyteller acclaimed for his colorful paintings full of life and energy. It will be on view at Museum of Northern Arizona until April 2023.Learn More
In the news
A Continuing Confluence of Archaeological Research
Archaeology is still an important research domain at the museum. In 2014, MNA began a cooperative agreement with Glen Canyon National Recreation area to monitor previously-recorded archaeological sites. These are sites known from the Glen Canyon Project as well as from later surveys done during construction of the roads, marinas, and other infrastructure for visitors. MNA’s work has involved boat-based fieldwork to explore the submerged tributary canyons all along the lake and land-based sessions on the upland terraces north of the Wahweap Bay – Lone Rock area and around Halls CrossingView Publication
50 States of Preservation: Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona
Over the last 15 years, with the support of seven National Endowment for the Humanities awards through the Division of Preservation and Access, the MNA has been able to preserve its large holdings of Native American cultural objects, artworks, and archives, which are viewed by 80,000 visitors each year.View Publication
Samantha Burton brings a Native voice to the Museum of Northern Arizona
Samantha Burton, bookstore and publication manager at Museum of Northern Arizona, tackles indigenous representation in literature and fair compensation for Native American artisans and artists.View Publication
The Natural History of Rock Art
Native Americans made rock images for many reasons. Among the images visible at rock art sites are depictions of animals and sometimes plants, a tradition that began more than 40,000 years ago in the Paleolithic era in Europe and Asia. These images provide scientists with important information about the climate and environment of the time and place the art was made.View Publication
Discovery of Lystrosaurus and a scientific revolution
In December of 1967, New Zealand geologists mapping 240-million-year-old Triassic rocks in the desolate interior of Antarctica stumbled upon some fragmentary bones. A few months later they brought the fragments to paleontologist Edwin H. Colbert for identification. He wasn’t ready for this surprise.View Publication
Researchers look to the forest ground for native urban turf
One beautiful day in early November, three women walk through the ponderosa pine forest near the Museum of Northern Arizona. Their attention is not on the trees or mountain views, but down on the grasses. They are collecting seeds from black dropseed, a native grass that serves as habitat for native moth larvae, and provides cover and forage for mammals and seed eating birds.View Publication
New cabinets for old bones
For decades, dinosaur bones and other fossils were kept in wooden drawers on the Museum of Northern Arizona research campus. Now the paleontology storage is getting an upgrade, the museum equivalent of swapping out an old wooden dresser with sticky drawers for a well-designed walk-in closet.View Publication
Herbarium: A look at a new environment
Drawers of corn in many colors and stacks of pungent juniper – the Walter B. McDougall Herbarium is a dried garden holding important knowledge for researchers seeking to understand a changing environment. “Basically you’re documenting biodiversity. That plant at that place at that time.”View Publication
Reality bites: Facts about Flagstaff-area mosquitoes
Like all horror films, the scene starts tranquil – a streamside picnic or a softball game near a pond – until disturbed by an eerie sound. This year the buzz of mosquitoes has turned many outdoor Flagstaff events into fear fests, as the bloodsuckers come in for attack in broad daylight.