One Million Bones And Genocide

Sep 8, 2013

In June 2013, one million bones made by people all over the world were laid out on the National Mall to call attention to genocide.
Credit Courtesy of the Art of Revolution/One Million Bones project

In June of this year, the National Mall in Washington D.C. was the site of a huge art installation. One million bones, crafted by students, educators, artists and activists from around the world, were laid out across this iconic space in the nation's capital. The idea was to make a powerful visual call for action against ongoing genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, Somalia and Syria.

The project was conceived by New Mexico artist and activist Naomi Natale. Guest host Megan Kamerick spoke to Natale about her inspiration for this project and what it took to bring it to fruition. Also featured at the end of the piece is the poem "For One Million Bones," composed and performed by Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque's poet laureate.