Florida Museum of Natural History Andrew Mullan

Traditional Andean wear
Traditional Andean woman and garments

Nature on Display (see pictures above): One exhibit that particularly piqued my interest was "The Woven World," which detailed the lives of the traditional peoples living in the Andes mountain range. I found this to be interesting because it is not something I know a lot about. This exhibit captured my attention because the items on display were physical and you could see the exact details, texture, and fabric of each piece of clothing which was very authentic. I can understand how these people live after seeing these artifacts in person better than if these items were painted or if they were in pictures.

Butterfly rainforest
Rainforest exhibit

Nature and Ethics (see above pictures): The museum allowed visitors to connect intimately with nature through the butterfly exhibit. The exhibit featured a winding path through dense foliage with butterflies and birds flying around. Although it was just a microcosm of what a true rainforest is, I gained an appreciation for the beauty of nature that lies in the world. It was peaceful and quiet inside the exhibit, which is very different from everyday life outside the museum. After seeing the butterfly rainforest, I realized that we need to work harder to protect the natural peace and beauty of nature because otherwise man-made creations and chaos will find its way to every corner of the earth. On a large scale, it definitely feels like humans have entered a peaceful world which is not theirs and made it much messier.

Traditional native Floridian tribe
Florida's inhabitants (who have changed greatly) throughout the last 3,000 years

Nature and Human Spirit (see above pictures): The Natural History Museum allowed me to step out of my normal life by presenting me with life in Florida through the eyes of the true natives from thousands of years ago. I have lived in Florida my entire life and consider myself a "native," but that is a first-world version of living here. Seeing the exhibit on the Calusa indian tribe gave me a new perspective on how people can live drastically different lives than I do, but in basically the same land. I always felt like my was of living was the definition of life in Florida, but now I realize that my life is just one of many ways to experience this land. The Calusa indians lived a dramatically different lifestyle, yet we are both humans living in the same universe.

Citation: all pictures were taken by me at the Florida Museum of Natural History

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