The importance of the Snake River – Pecha Kucha style

A new Jackson Hole event kicked off in October of 2013 in hopes of inspiring the preservation of natural capital vital to the community’s economic success.

The Japanese artform of Pecha Kucha was chosen as a way to tell that story during the weekend’s events, with local organizations asked to participate. Snake River Fund Program Director Margaret Creel took on the challenge, and the Snake River Fund’s Pecha Kucha submission was one of 10 chosen to be included in the lineup.

Titled “The Snake River, a River Well Worth Loving,” the slideshow captures some of the ways the river — and the Snake River Fund’s education programming — can capture the heart of people who take advantage of Jackson Hole’s world class waterway. The presentation elegantly describes the importance of the Snake River to our landscape, our environment and our spiritual sustenance.

Pecha Kucha involves telling the story in a slideshow presentation, using 20 images, for 20 seconds each.

The results of Shift’s evening of Pecha Kucha, according to the Museum staff who made the selections, ranged from the surprising to the sublime.

“The different ways our valley was represented by these presentations refreshed and inspired my own perspective,” said Ponteir Sackrey, the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Barnes Family Director of Development and Marketing. “They opened doors in my mind that I’d never even known were there.”

Jonathan Crosby, the Museum’s Development and Marketing Assistant, agreed.

“The submissions encapsulated a broad spectrum of our passionate mountain community,” he said. “My favorite presentations brought up important environmental issues related not only to Jackson Hole, but to other corners of the world.”

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