Through 60 stunning black-and-white portraits, the exhibit DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition tells the stories of traditional cultures in an age of rapid global change, and shines a light on the profound interconnectedness of all people. Created by internationally acclaimed photographer Dana Gluckstein, the exhibit debuted at the United Nations in Geneva in 2011, and now travels the world in support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Curriculum consultant and Willamette High School teacher Dain Nelson created the DIGNITY Modular Unit in 2017, and we are delighted to offer this resource to Oregon high school teachers. Fully aligned with Oregon content standards, the unit uses the DIGNITY exhibit’s photographs as a gateway into Indigenous cultures, and invites students to investigate the future of those cultures in the modern world. The unit is both scalable and flexible, allowing you to easily tailor it to your objectives and timeframe. 

*Note: The DIGNITY exhibition is no longer on view at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The book is available through Dana Gluckstein's website


Unit Overview


1.2  Exhibit Experience at the Museum
1.3  Extension