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The Weight of Mountains – A beautiful visual on the birth & death of mountains.

Mountains. They grace the canvases of many artists. Their thundering sizes are whispered on photographs. The boots of explorers attempt to conquer them. Geologists peek into them to unlock the secrets of the past.  They are considered sacred to many religions – even as a God themselves. No matter the theme, mountains cast their shadows into the cultural imaginations. Mountains visually rise up in our minds as much as they do on our exalted landscapes.

“Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.” Mountaineer Anatoli Boukreev

The Weight of Mountains is a fantastic short film that poetically tells the story of the birth & death of mountains. They are essentially birthed by uplift and “die” through the processes of weathering physical weathering and chemical weathering. The film was created by filmmaker, illustrator, and composer Temujin Doran, who was inspired by the works of British geographer Sir Laurence Dudley Stamp. It was filmed in Iceland over the course of a year. Please enable HD and view in fullscreen 🙂

Video – A concise introduction to NAGPRA

Part of the requirements for my Ancient North American Archaeology course entail a few presentations on course topics. For some odd reason, NAGPRA caught my attention. NAGPRA (Native Americans Graves and Repatriation Act) is a Federal law passed in 1990 that protects the remains and cultural objects of Native Americans along with repatriation when requested. It became clear that any archaeologist excavating in America would be affected by this law, so I decided to do a video presentation on this topic.

I uploaded the video to YouTube so that perhaps it may be of help to others. It is a concise intro with a short story on Ishi inserted at the beginning. I believe in the power of StoryTelling as a learning tool that also involves an example of what is being taught.

Here is the video: