Special Feature
American Indian Heritage Month Celebrations Feature Festivals, Performances, Screenings and Talks at the
National Museum of the American Indian

Free Public Programs in Washington, D.C., and New York City
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian celebrates American Indian Heritage Month with numerous events in Washington, D.C., and
New York City to honor Native veterans. Activities in both locations will also feature artists, musicians and dancers to celebrate Native peoples’ culture
and traditions.

In addition to special events, visitors will be able to see, in both locations, “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces.” Native
Americans have served in the nation’s military since colonial times and serve today at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic
group. This 16-panel exhibition reveals this remarkable record of service through photography and essays, documenting 250 years of Native peoples’
contributions in U.S. military history.

Recently, the National Museum of the American Indian announced the selection of the concept titled “Warriors’ Circle of Honor” by Harvey Pratt
(Cheyenne/Arapaho) in the competition to design the National Native American Veterans Memorial. Pratt, a Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran, is a
multimedia artist and recently retired forensic artist. The competition jury describes his design as universal, inclusive and reflective of the complexity of
Native American values, cultures and ancestral beliefs. Groundbreaking for the memorial is scheduled for September 2019; the museum is planning the
memorial’s dedication in late 2020.

Talks
Director’s Conversation with Steve Inskeep
Thursday, Nov. 15; 6 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Washington, D.C.
Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, is also the author of “Jacksonland,” a history of President Andrew Jackson’s long-running conflict with John
Ross, a Cherokee chief who resisted the removal of Indians from the eastern United States in the 1830s. Inskeep will join Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director
of the National Museum of the American Indian, for a conversation about the museum’s newest exhibition, “Americans,” and the history of Indian Removal.

Performances
Honor Song for Returning Native American Women Warriors
Hoop Dancing Demonstrations
Thursday, Nov. 15; 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18, noon–4 p.m. (each hour on the hour)
National Museum of the American Indian, New York City
Award-winning hoop dancing duo Joseph Secody (Navajo) and Tomas Hunt (Navajo) demonstrate their skills and tell the history of hoop dancing.
Festivals

Hopi Tribal Festival
Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian, Potomac Atrium, Washington, D.C.
The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. Their nation encompasses more than 1.5-million acres, and is made up of 12 villages
on three mesas. Over the centuries, Hopi endures as a nation, retaining its culture, language and religion despite influences from the outside world.

During this all-day, two-day festival, the Hopi people share artist demonstrations, performances of music and dance, and a presentation of the history of the
Hopi Code Talkers. The Hopi Youth Color Guard will present and retire the colors at the beginning and end of each day.
Native American Heritage Day: Family Fun Friday
Friday, Nov. 23; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.
This celebration of Native American Heritage Day features hands-on activities, “make-and-takes,” and music and interactive dance presentations.
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Films
Wednesday, Nov. 14; 6 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Washington, D.C.
In this documentary by Anne Makepeace, two Native American judges look to traditional concepts of justice to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater
safety within their communities and create a more positive future for youth. A discussion with the museum’s director, Kevin Gover (Pawnee), and featured
judges follows the screening. (2017, 90 min.)
Teacher Workshop
Giving Thanks: Including More Complete Narratives About Thanksgiving and Native People
Saturday, Nov. 3; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. Recommended for teachers grades K–8
Educators discuss how to teach the history of Thanksgiving, explore the “Americans” exhibition and engage in take-away art activities in this hands-on
workshop. Participants will learn about some of the important food traditions of select Native communities and why giving thanks is important throughout
the year with artist, author and educator Elizabeth Woody (enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, of Yakama and Navajo descent),
the 2016 Oregon poet laureate. A lunch catered by the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe, teaching poster and additional classroom resources are included in the
workshop fee: $20. Advance registration is required; email: NMAI-NK-360@si.edu.
Children’s Programs
imagiNATIONS Activity Center
All children’s programs take place in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center on level 3.
Note: Groups (e.g., school or home-school classes, daycare, camp or scout groups, etc.) are required to schedule entry time to the imagiNATIONS Activity
Center.
November is Native American Heritage Month. There are 6.6 million Native American and Alaska Native people living in the United States, as well as
millions of other indigenous people living throughout the Western Hemisphere. These communities each have their own unique traditions, languages,
values and histories. Visitors can celebrate the diversity and contributions of these Native cultures at the National Museum of the American Indian.
ExplorNATIONS
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.–noon
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Families are invited to celebrate Native culture by learning hands-on about Native
foods. Visitors can explore the Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash), wild rice
harvesting, berry gathering and more in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center.
Participants might be surprised to find that some foods can be used for more than
just eating.

imagiNATIONS Creations!
Saturdays; 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Free tickets may be required; see Activity Center staff. Recommended age: 5+
Games are an important tradition shared by all ages in many Native communities.
Several games are designed to build strength in both body and spirit through
exercise, group cooperation and practicing important skills such as hand-eye
coordination. Visitors are invited to learn about the many games that are regularly
played throughout the Americas, then create a ball and triangle game to take home.

imagiNATIONS Story & Discovery
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Recommended age: 3+

The museum is observing Native American Heritage Month with the November
Storybook Hungry Johnny by Cheryl Minnema (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) and
illustrated by Wesley Ballinger. Families are invited to participate and learn (along
with Johnny!) about honoring Elders, having patience and, of course, FOOD.

About the Museum
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and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present
and future—through partnership with Native people and others. National Mall at
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