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Bend, Oregon
Celebrating the History and Culture of the High Desert
The iconic tule reed tipi welcomes visitors to the By Hand Through Memory exhibition exploring the living cultures of Plateau Native Americans. The High Desert Museum recently acquired tribal artist Marie Watt’s Blanket Stories, to emphasize the dynamic contemporary art scene that builds on the native traditions. Image courtesy of the High Desert Museum.

Combining the humanities and the natural sciences, the High Desert Museum interprets the land, animals, and people of the United States’s Great Basin—the unique high-altitude desert that spans the distance between the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains. It offers visitors the opportunity to explore exhibitions portraying the region’s human history, speak with historical characters, and encounter more than 150 live animals that are native to the area. Since before it opened in 1982, the National Endowment for the Humanities has provided the High Desert Museum with the foundational support necessary to create its memorable permanent and traveling exhibitions. This funding included two challenge grants that helped the museum raise an additional $2.4 million.

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