One Million Bones Project
On June 8, 2013, over one million hand-made bones were laid on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. as a visible petition against the ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan, South Sudan, Congo, Burma and Syria. The project started in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the vision of installation artist Naomi Natale, who wanted to make the problem of genocide visible to the world. Nearly 150,000 people, from all 50 States and 30 foreign countries, ultimately participated in the One Million Bones project. Following the installation on the National Mall, the bones were removed and stored, waiting for their next calling.
During a talk at Western New Mexico University, the question arose as to where the bones should finally lay. The community of Silver City came together and decided to embrace the One Million Bones project as its own, here on the grounds of the Bear Mountain Lodge. In April 2018, ceramic bones remaining from the original installation started to be laid in this meadow.
We invite you to join us in the continuation of this project. There are many bones yet to be laid. You are welcome to make your own bone to offer, and we continue to encourage advocacy for the survivors and victims of these tragedies, which continue today. Most of all, we ask you to reflect on the meaning of these bones, that they represent the millions of people whose voices have been silenced by brutality, greed and denial.
Join us at Bear Mountain Lodge for a free workshop
Monday July 15th, 10am - 12pm.
Bones for the Million Bones Project will be made and fired on site using white clay body at the Bear Mountain Lodge. Come prepared to get dirty. Bones will be taken out to the Project on Sunday July 21st, before the Bear Mountain Lodge CLAY Brunch.
The workshop is FREE to anyone who would like to participate, we ask you register online in advance of attendance.
Bear Mountain Lodge CLAY Brunch
Sunday July 21st, 11 - 2pm
In honor of layered glazes:
Crab Eggs Benedict
two poached eggs atop crab cakes and served with homemade hollandaise sauce and tomatoes and basil
In honor of the long firing times of wood fire kilns:
Slow Roasted New Mexico Pot Roast
served with green Chile, eggs and potatoes
In honor of the celadon glazes: Savory Zucchini Spinach Parmesan Cheese Pancakes
topped with sour cream and applesauce served with or without our pepper bacon
All entrees are served with a mixed green salad and/or fresh fruit cup along with homemade bread, sesame-orange salad dressing and homemade crackers
In honor of the hand built:
Brownie slab topped with hand built vanilla ice cream
In honor of Raku glazes:
Chocolate Mousse served with strawberries and whipped cream
Fresh Made Fruit Torte with Whipped Cream