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Sist endret: 7. september 2022, 09:57
NVI-rapporteringsår: 2022
Vitenskapelig artikkel

The Passenger Pigeon’s Past on Display for the Future

  • Dolly Jørgensen og
  • Isla Gladstone


Environmental History
ISSN 1084-5453
e-ISSN 1930-8892
NVI-nivå 2

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2022
Volum: 27
Hefte: 2
Sider: 347 - 353

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The Passenger Pigeon’s Past on Display for the Future


The passenger pigeon was one of the most numerous birds on the planet, perhaps 5 billion once blackened the skies of North America. In spite of its numbers, extensive hunting by white colonists, habitat destruction, biology, and potentially bad weather events led to its rapid decline and final extinction in 1914. In this article we reflect upon different approaches to displaying the passenger pigeon’s extinction. We contrast two exhibits made for the centennial of the death of the last passenger pigeon, Martha: Smithsonian Natural History Museum’s “Once There Were Billions” which included Martha’s body on display and Cincinnati zoological garden’s “Martha’s Legacy” housed in the building where Martha died. Museum representational practices of animals—which animals are put on display, how they are displayed, and the visual and textual context of the animal body—connect (or disconnect) humans from those animals and extinction stories. We analyze how these the two exhibits placed uneven emphasis on extinctions past, present, and future. We conclude that museum exhibitions need to move beyond telling histories to engage visitors with the ongoing and future implications of extinction.


Dolly Jørgensen

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for kultur- og språkvitenskap ved Universitetet i Stavanger

Isla Gladstone

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Storbritannia og Nord-Irland
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