The Smithsonian Celebrates American Indian Heritage Month
The Smithsonian celebrates American Indian Heritage Month throughout November with a series of performances, lectures, exhibitions, family activities and tours at various museums. All programs are free unless otherwise indicated.
Raven Steals the Sun: A Family Celebration of Tlingit Culture will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Museum of the American Indian. Visitors can meet Tlingit author Maria Williams, who shares stories from her children's book, How Raven Stole the Sun, based on traditional stories of southern Alaska. Children divide into teams of "Wolves" and "Crows" as they learn a Tlingit game. The whole family can enjoy music and dance, a Tlingit food demonstration and much more. The event is presented in partnership with National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.
The National Museum of the American Indian will present performances by Imamsuat, a multigenerational group of Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) people from southeastern Alaska and from the Inupiaq culture of the Bering Sea. The group was formed to preserve and promote the Sugpiaq culture through traditional dance and song. The performances will take place Monday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the museum's Potomac Atrium.
The National Museum of the American Indian will host Dinner & a Movie: Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope, dubbed in the Navajo language with English subtitles. This version of the movie has only been shown on or near the Navajo Nation. Visitors may dress as a favorite character for the chance to win a prize. The screening will take place Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the museum's Rasmuson Theater. Cuisine from the Mitsitam Cafe will be available for purchase from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Register online for free tickets atwww.AmericanIndian.si.edu/calendar.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the George Gustav Heye Center will screen As Nutayunean We Still Live Here daily, at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. through Nov. 25. This film tells the story of efforts to restore Native-language fluency to members of southern New England's Wampanoag communities.
The National Museum of the American Indian will present "Engineering the Inka Empire: A Symposium on Sustainability and Ancient Technologies" Thursday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the museum's Rasmuson Theater. This all-day event features leading scholars of Inca culture (Inka in Quechuan) discussing the engineering feats that bound together the rugged world of the Andes. Smithsonian secretary Wayne Clough, whose background is in civil engineering, opens the day with a talk on sustainability in engineering. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Latino Center. This project was supported with internal Smithsonian Institution funds from the Consortium for World Cultures.