Hae Min Jung Good Life Nature Activity at FLMNH

Introduction

All the individuals are a part of nature and the particular ecosystem to which they belong. To protect the environment, one may be aware of the history of the surrounding objects and how it all function in the world. Natural history museums, and particularly the one in Florida, give a significant information to the respondents of how beautiful is nature and why it should be protected. The halls of the museum are connected to the cultural identity of people and their interpersonal connections.

Nature on Display

Natural history museums are the particular cultural objects which are created with the aim to appeal to the historical roots of people, as well as to connect it to the natural processes which occur in the environment. The exhibitions in the Florida Museum of Natural History are splendid and informative, which makes the objects of the place valuable in their educational context. One of such exhibitions particularly appealing to me and the spheres of my interest. It is dedicated to the crafting ethnic identity in the Andes, and Mesoamerica highlighted from the Doughty Folk Art Collection. The design of the exhibit appeals to those part of the American history which had been far before the Columbus discovered the new World and the indigenous people became the foreigners on their land. The exhibit captured my attention with an important number scientific objects and the informational signs for them which one cannot found in any other museum in the US? I have learned about the lives and work of the Midden people who had the representation with Inka, Aztec, Maya, and other cultures, who were conquered by Spain in the early 16th century. I found it enjoyable to walk inside the museum and feel the emotional and mind transportation to the old times centuries and centuries ago.

Nature and Ethics

I agree with Leopold’s statement that people should view themselves as members of the “biotic community” rather than as “conquerors of the land.” (Meine & Knight, 1999). In this regard, it is important to form the nature history museums in that way where the respondents may interact with the objects and feel like a part of the environment as a complicated system. The Natural History Museum partly provided me the opportunity to experience nature in ways that Leopold recommends. The reason for it is that I needed to observe more connections of the exhibitions of the indigenous people to the identity of the country. At the same time, I was thinking about my ancestors who may live centuries ago on the land. I imagined the situation where the Aztec representative came by the time machine to the year 2017. I felt uncomfortable cause I imagined tears and sorrow of the person who lived in harmony with the nature of the own territory. The other people reacted differently to the exhibits, but most of them showed curiosity on their faces. In addition to this, Natural History Museum contains a considerable number of infographics and the original objects that allowed the visitors to the museum to connect with nature. For instance, I admired the installation dedicated to the butterflies and their unique features. When you see such an objects, the feeling of protecting the nature objects from their distinction always arises in my mind.

Nature and the Human Spirit:

The Natural History Museum is significantly helpful in making the step out of our ordinary lives. It does not contain the objects of the modern history and current pop-art installations. Instead, the museum offers the spectators to see the world without a make-up and decorations. It helps us better understand who we are because the exhibits give the opportunities to view the nature step by step, from the early beginning of the history of the living things in the world. In such precious moments, I do understand how small I am comparing to the large and unique nature representatives. At the same time, I realize how easy people can destroy the environment which results in the adverse impact on the eco-systems in the world.

References

Meine, C. D., and Knight, R. L. (1999). The Essential Aldo Leopold: Quotations and Commentaries. University of Wisconsin Press. Print.

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