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The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History will host a free public screening of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope dubbed in the Navajo language at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. For details on how the film was produced and other venues where it will be shown, see         

The Fabric of Mayan Life: This online exhibition features selections from the museum’s extensive collection of more than 1,000 Mayan textiles collected in Guatamala, southern Mexico and Honduras byJohn Pitzer between 1981 and 2002. Thanks to Pitzer’s efforts, the museum now boasts one of the nation’s most significant collections of Mayan textiles. This virtual exhibition provides specific information about many of the items in the collection, as well as cultural and historical information about the Mayan people. There also is a list of bibliographical and Web resources for those who want more information. sub/ethnology/mayan/Home.html



Surfing Florida: A Photographic History and Surf Science: Waves and Wildlife  Aug. 31, 2013 - Jan 20, 2014 Surf's up! The Florida Museum of Natural History celebrates the state’s famous coastal waters with the exhibit Surfing FloridaSurf Science mixes Florida Museum and UF research with specimens and interactive experiences. Learn more about the Florida Museum’s famed International Shark Attack File and shark research programs, discover animals that surf, examine different types of Florida sand and view specimens from the Museum’s fish, mammal and marine invertebrate collections.

Shea Lopez photo by Jeff Devine


Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters  May 25 - December 08 A traveling exhibit developed by the University of Chicago. Powerful earth forces have shaped our dynamic planet including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters explores the science behind these phenomena, the tools used to study and predict them, and stories of human responses to these events.