Looking Past Skin: Our Common Threads


People have been moving throughout Nebraska for thousands of years.  Looking Past Skin: Our Common Threads explores the movement of people from the earliest Native cultures to the most recent refugee families. Their rich traditions, unique languages, food, and religions are all part of Nebraska’s story. 

The University of Nebraska’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI), Nebraska Extension, and the Nebraska History Museum have partnered on a four-part exhibit to present sociological, agricultural, and historical perspectives on migration and the more recent demographic shifts in urban and rural parts of the state.  A walk through the migration timeline provides a backdrop for additional features on the Karen, Sudanese and Yazidi communities. The University’s Wall of Windows combines historic and contemporary photographs accompanied by stories from new Nebraskans including Latinos and Somalis living in Dawson County. Ask A Doctor reveals the complexities of speaking a non-native language through a simulated visit to the doctor where a language barrier exists. Food is History explores finding nutritional food and nutrition education in a new country.

Funding for Looking Past Skin: Our Common Threads was generously provided by Rural Futures Institute and Humanities Nebraska.

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