Big Saturday: Amazon Rainforest

Yesterday the Manchester Museum held a themed “Big Saturday” event. This month’s theme was the Amazon Rainforest to tie in with the Johan Oldekop exhibition All Other Things Being Equal which runs until the 2nd of June 2013. The collections and visitor services teams all worked on talks, activities and events surrounding the theme.

I chose to deliver a talk about seeds that are found in the amazon rainforest. My talk covered the three main methods of dispersal plants have evolved (through wind, water and animals) and I used handling objects to make it more interactive. I also discussed the way indigenous people in the Brazilian rainforest use seeds as a sustainable way to make a living without having to turn to logging. I’ll be delivering the talk again in the future. Here are some photos from the day:

An Umbrella Bird on display on one of the handling tables

An Umbrella Bird on display on one of the handling tables

Musical group "El Condor." They'll performed in both Quechan and Spanish, the duo perform folk songs from the indigenous peoples of the Amazon using traditional instruments and rhythms from countries such as Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.

Musical group “El Condor.” They’ll performed in both Quechan and Spanish, the duo perform folk songs from the indigenous peoples of the Amazon using traditional instruments and rhythms from countries such as Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.

Preparing for the talk about seeds

Preparing for the talk about seeds

Fellow curatorial trainee Andrew Lawton talking about insects

Fellow curatorial trainee Andrew Lawton talking about insects

A jaguar on display

A jaguar on display

Curator of Entomology Dmitri Logonuv and some large insects and moths

Curator of Entomology Dmitri Logonuv and some large insects and moths

Part of the exhibition:
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2 responses to “Big Saturday: Amazon Rainforest

  1. Beautiful and well-chosen; I wish I could have seen it in real. Your work and your enthousiasm make the rainforest come alive in us. Thank you for sharing your world.

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