March 8, 2009 in Travel

BC museum turns its attention to humans

Christianne Sharman Correspondent
 

It’s about time. The red-headed stepchildren of the planet will – at long last – get their due, taking their place beside monkeys and bees.

Now I’m sure those animal societies are all very interesting, blah, blah, blah. But did they invent the drive-through or microwave popcorn? No they did not.

In recognition of these and other defining accomplishments, the Royal British Columbia Museum in Vancouver will finally turn its attention to human beings on May 1.

The North American premiere of “Treasures: The World’s Cultures from the British Museum” doesn’t seem overly ambitious. It merely covers cultural evolution around the globe over the last few hundreds of thousands of years or so.

You could probably just read the CliffsNotes.

Or if you want to see for yourself what the Brits have been up to when they’re not eating fish and chips, you can get a gander at more than 300 distinct artifacts from their museum, on holiday in Canada.

Mind you, these artifacts are all about humans, just as it should be.

The Royal BC Museum (where the past lives, they say) would have you know the pieces will reveal “our history – as a whole – and disparate groupings of unique civilizations. It’s about our commonalities – and our differences. Where we’ve been, who we are and what we’ve done.”

Why don’t they just look on our Facebook profile?

Evidently, that’s not good enough. No, sir. They prefer to explore the nations and civilizations that have shaped our world for almost 1.5 million years.

To wit: an early 20th century inlaid bowl from the Solomon Islands; million-year-old handaxes found in Africa’s Olduvai Gorge; a relatively young 3,000-year-old mummy; a throne fashioned out off decommissioned weapons from Mozambique’s late-20th century civil war; and other items in various stages of old.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Tickets range from free for children 5 and under up to $73.50 Canadian for a family of two adults and two youth.

Learn more at www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca or (888) 447-7977.

Get off your leash

The ladies at my church read Here & There religiously.

Do not for one minute imagine they’re sitting around browsing through the paper and knitting all day. You would be so very wrong.

These fine folks are going places and they want ideas. Stat.

I know for a fact that Lois likes to zipline. So when she brought me information about the Dog Bark Park Inn, I took note. You don’t argue with that kind of moxie.

This bed and breakfast in Cottonwood, Idaho, lives inside the world’s biggest beagle. The dog’s head houses a loft with additional sleeping space and a “cozy alcove in the muzzle.”

Besides the quirky fun the inn offers “Play and Learn” packages.

Next month brings a “Need Bread? Knead Bread!” lesson in baking on April 15, and “Heavenly Scent – a Soap Making Primer,” scheduled for April 18.

You’ll find loads more at www.dogbarkparkinn.com, and you can get a look at the beagle himself. Make reservations at (208) 962-3647.

Regional events

•Made in Montana Marketplace, March 27-28, Great Falls. The biggest showcase of Montana’s own, the marketplace lays out gourmet and specialty food and drink, jewelry, clothing, furniture, art and more. ( www.visitmt.com/406-455-8510)

•Scottish Heritage Festival, March 28, Tacoma. No surprises here: Scottish clans, bagpipes, Highland dancers, maybe even shortbread (mmmm). ( www.traveltacoma.com/253-845-1771)

•Cycle Only Days, April 1-16, West Yellowstone, Mont. Cyclists of the world, here’s your chance to have Yellowstone National Park to yourselves. You’ll find plenty of critters with nary a car or bus in sight. ( www.visitmt.com/406-646-7701)

Christianne Sharman can be reached by e-mail at travelturkey@earthlink.net.


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