CSU, Chico News

Dragons: Tails of Myth and Meaning Exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology Through Oct. 8

Date: 09-09-2016

Nicole Williams, Public Affairs
Heather McCafferty, Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Visit the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at California State University, Chico now through October 8 to see a student-curated exhibition, Dragons: Tails of Myth and Meaning.

Dragons lurk in the collective imaginations of many cultures throughout the world. Some dragon stories embody the most terrible and horrifying aspects of humanity, while others represent the highest ideals of society. From the Nordic epic of Beowulf to the mythic Aztec powers of Quetzalcoatl, the dragon motif captures cultural values and traditions in one recognizable, yet changeable, symbol, helping to explain the origin and fate of the world or provide social values.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free and donations are accepted. On September 24 from noon-3 p.m, the museum will offer children’s programming, including dragon-themed crafts, storytelling and a bring your own dragon show-and-tell.

Visitors will examine this ancient human fascination through artifacts, including a Chinese imperial dragon robe, a replica Viking dragon boat and a toy dragon named Toothless. An interactive exhibit also allows visitors of all ages to build a mythical beast, peek into a dragon’s cave, read a dragon tale or touch a dragon’s claw.

Student curators were inspired by local collector Bob Benner’s dragon collection. Rick and Nancy Ostrom, Maureen Fredrickson and Valene Smith also contributed dragon artifacts from their many foreign travels.

For more information, call 530-898-5397 or email anthomuseum@csuchico.edu.