London: The Arctic Culture & Climate at the British Museum


London's British Museum. No tour of London would be complete without a trip to the British Museum. The museum provides visitors with two million years worth of history from all around the world. Within it's 60 galleries, the collection's artefacts include the Rosetta Stone, an Easter Island sculpture, a sizeable collection of Egyptian mummies.


The Arctic: Culture and Climate runs until 21 Feb 2021, unless otherwise extended due to COVID related closures. The museum is closed until 2 December, 2020, but you can visit virtually on britishmuseum.org



Upon entering the Arctic: Culture and Climate exhibition at the British Museum, the first thing one notices is the large carpet underfoot. This carpet is a geography lesson of exactly where, and how large the Artic region is. With the North Pole at it's centre, the Arctic Circle spans out into Canada, Alaska, Denmark/Greenland, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Four million people spread throughout these 8 countries, with 10% of the population indigenous to their regions. These 400,000 people belong to one or more of 40 cultural groups.


map borrowed from the British Museum website

The Sámi are the only indigenous peoples of northern Europe. There are 12 indigenous tribes in Russian and Siberia and the Aleuts, Alutiit, Yupiit and Inupiat in Alaska with the Inuit and Gwich' in Canada and Greenland.



Today's Arctic people are fully-participating global citizens, but many still rely on traditional methods and livelihoods to survive. As nothing grows on the tundra, the people are reliant on the animals of the region. Seals, reindeer and whales have always been vital to the survival of indigenous people and they continue to recognise the imperative balance between man and nature.



This small, but information-packed exhibition at the British Museum displays examples of the clothing, hunting, housekeeping and transportation of the indigenous people of the Artic. It honours Arctic cultures and customs and helps us understand the importance of living responsibly, protecting of the environment and pursuing a solution for global warming.




Joke: What feels totally British, but isn't?

Answer: Everything at the British Museum


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Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.

 

I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 

 

 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!

 

 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 

 

So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.

-Beth

When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 

 

From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 

 

Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!

-Phyl

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