One Million Bones
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.
Special acknowledgements go to the cooperation of Grant County, the Town of Silver City, and Western New Mexico University.