Native American Heritage Day - Family Fun Event @ Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Washington [24 November]

Native American Heritage Day - Family Fun Event

10:00 - 16:00

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Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
4th St. and Independence Ave. SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20013
Friday, November 24, 2017
10AM – 4PM
All Museum Spaces

Interactive Hoop Dancing
11AM; 12PM; 1PM; 3PM; and 4PM
Potomac Atrium – Level 1

Celebrate Native American Heritage Day! The program features hoop dancers, Tomas Hunt (Navajo) and Joseph Secody (Navajo). This short dance program will highlight the style of hoop dancing and then join Tomas and Joseph as they lead a round dance with the public in honor of “giving thanks.”

Thanks Through Giving: Impact of Animals
10AM – 4PM
Potomac Atrium—Level 1

Animals play a role in the cultures of many Native people. Together, the bison and the horse shaped the everyday lives of Plains Nations. Ceremonies and daily life revolved around honoring these animals. Native Nations recognized their contributions by creating songs, stories, and ceremonies to show thanks. The value of generosity and act of giving is one way that Native people recognized the contributions of animals. This 5-10 minute program repeats on demand.

Take Home: Button Magnet
10AM – 4:00PM
Potomac Atrium – Level 1

Choose from various designs that represent “giving thanks” from NMAI’s Collection and then create a button magnet to take home with you.

Native Knowledge 360°
10AM – 4PM
Potomac Atrium – Level 1

Native Knowledge 360° provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history, cultures, and contemporary lives. Join the NMAI’s Educators as they share the museum’s national initiative to inspire and promote improvement of teaching and learning about American Indians and then join them in an interactive program that looks at the importance of giving thanks among Native communities.
This 5-10 minute program repeats on demand.

Diversity of Native Cultures – American Indian Games
10AM – 4PM
Level 3, Landing Area

American Indians have played games since time immemorial. Games were fun but also played roles in the education of children by helping them develop skills necessary to be successful adults. Join museum staff as they share several American Indian games, such as the Inuit yo-yo, Eastern Woodlands bone toss, and more!
This 5-10 minute program repeats on demand.

Make A Paper Star Quilt
10AM – 4PM
imagiNATIONS Activity Center – Level 3

Star Quilts serve as an important part of many different celebrations, ceremonies, and gatherings. The eight-pointed star design is referencing the “Morning Star” or Venus. For many Plain Nations, when the Morning Star is visible in the sky, it signifies the beginning of a new day and a time to give thanks. Join staff to create your own paper star quilt design and to learn more about the Star Quilt.
First come, first served. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Storybook Reading
11:30AM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM
Level 4 – Room 4025 Pause Area

Join us for a storybook reading of the following books and learn how these different communities give thanks.
«Strawberry Thanksgiving» by Paulla Jennings. This picture book explores how Adam, who has trouble getting along with his sister Holly, hears his Grandmother tell the story about Strawberry Thanksgiving. From this story, he learns to forgive and be kind to his sister.
«Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message» by Chief Jake Swamp. This picture book explores the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture and tradition of thanks and its relation to Mother Earth. Known as the Thanksgiving Address, it is a message of gratitude that is spoken at ceremonial gatherings held today.

Children’s Animation Film: Wapos Bay: “The Elements”
10AM – 4PM
Room 4018-19 – Level 4

Join us for a children’s animation film. In episode 6, from the Wapos Bay series, the survival skills of Talon, T-Bear, Raven, and Mushom (Grandfather) are tested by an unexpected storm. The family makes it home safely, but their journey to Elders Island teaches the children that taking shortcuts at any age is best avoided.

Children’s Discover & Find-It
10AM – 4PM
Level 4, Landing Area

Enhance your visit to the National Museum of the American Indian by grabbing a Discover and Find-It. This guide will take you around the Our Universes exhibition and point out how different Native Nations “give thanks” through objects, symbols, ceremonies, and celebrations.

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