An Exhibit Collaboration Between DNR’s Professor Kassam and the Johnson Museum

Drawing on works by indigenous peoples from the Arctic, Australia, ancient South America, southwest North America, and the Pacific Northwest from the Museum’s permanent collection, the American Indian Program collection, and private collections, Transformations is about change in indigenous communities historically and contemporaneously. The objective of this exhibit is to engage students in addressing change among indigenous societies by transforming their perspective. It exposes students to the human ecological relations of indigenous communities with their habitat. Transformations is co-curated by Dr. Karim-Aly Kassam, Department of Natural Resources and American Indian Program and Dr. Andrew Weislogel, Askin Curator at the Johnson Museum, for the course “Ways of Knowing: Indigenous and Place-Based Knowledge” (NTRES/AIS/AMST 3330). The Exhibit is on view in the Johnson Museum’s Study Gallery from October 20th to November 1st, 2015.


Freda Diesing

Haida, 1925–2002, born Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Raven Inside of the Wheel, 1978


Gift of Malcolm Whyte, Class of 1955, and Karen Whyte


Clark’s Nutcrackers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Clark's nutcracker

Since 2009, Taza Schaming, a PhD student in the Department of Natural Resources and the Lab of Ornithology, has been studying how the decline of whitebark pine is impacting Clark’s nutcrackers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She is currently satellite-tracking Clark’s nutcrackers to find out how they adapt as their food disappears. Her ultimate goal is to aid managers in designing biologically informed management interventions to help ensure persistence of Clark’s nutcrackers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and throughout their range.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s quarterly magazine, Living Bird, which has 50,000+ print subscribers, is featuring Taza’s research and the Clark’s nutcracker-whitebark pine story. Read more at

Taza just launched a 31 day crowdfunding campaign to fund the second year of satellite tracking. For more information on the research and the crowdfunding campaign please read more at