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“Americans”: American Indian images, names and stories infuse American history and contemporary life. Pervasive, powerful and at times demeaning, the images, names and stories reveal how Indians have been embedded in unexpected ways in the history, pop culture and identity of the United States. The exhibition highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began.
“Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations”: Treaties lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. This exhibition is the story of that relationship, including the history and legacy of U.S.–American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present.
“”Opening on Nov. 4, this poignanttells personal stories of Native American veterans. It details the history of more than 250 years of Native American participation in the military, from colonial times to the present day.
Upcoming Virtual Events
Friday, Oct. 30–Sunday, Nov. 1
Friday, Oct. 30; 6 p.m. ET
Monarch butterflies are everywhere in Día de los Muertos celebrations, from the holiday’s traditional symbolism to presentations about tracking the butterflies’ annual migration to Mexico and preserving their habitats. Participants can learn about monarchs from cultural and scientific experts and enjoy the music of Grammy-winning East L.A. band Queztal.
Saturday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 1; 2 p.m. ET
Day of the Dead: The Basics
Museum folklorist Cynthia Vidaurri will answer frequently asked questions about Day of the Dead, including What is Día de los Muertos? How is it different from Halloween? And what is an ofrenda, and what do the beautiful decorations mean? Vidaurri will illustrate the presentation with images collected during her years of research and selected images from earlier years’ Day of the Dead programs at the museum.
How to Make Paper Marigolds
With Evelyn Orantes (Quiche Maya) and Joaquin Newman (Yaqui/Mexica)
“Entre flores nos reciben y entre ellas nos despiden.” —dicho mexicano
“Among flowers we are received, and among them we depart.” —Mexican proverb
Flowers play an important role in many celebrations. From births to funerals, they help express people’s feelings. For Day of the Dead, the colorful petals of zempasuchil (marigolds) are used. Evelyn Orantes and Joaquin Newman will demonstrate step by step how to create paper marigolds.
Celebrating the Rich Culinary Heritage of Día de los Muertos
Chef Neftali Duran will discuss his culinary journey through the foods and feasting associated with Día de los Muertos. Mole, a signature sauce associated with the celebrations, and the rich history of pan de muerto, will be featured.
Remembering Loved Ones on the Museum’s Facebook Page
The museum’s Facebook page will feature images of ofrendas from earlier Day of the Dead festivals, and visitors to the page can post messages in memory of their loved ones.
Federal support for this program is provided by the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
On Veterans Day 2020, the museum will host a virtual event to mark the completion of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. The event will acknowledge the service and sacrifice on Native veterans and their families. When it is safe to do so, the museum will schedule a dedication ceremony at the memorial so that Native veterans and their families can be honored in person.
Thursday, Nov. 18–Friday, Nov. 27
The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film. This year, for the 20th-anniversary showcase, the museum presents the full program online, streaming new films, fan favorite classics and conversations with filmmakers. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers and stories from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic.
Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additional support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative and by The Walt Disney Co.
Thursday, Nov. 19; 4 p.m. ET
Friday, Dec. 4, to Sunday, Dec. 6
Artists and artisans from earlier Native Art Markets share the stories of their art and new works that reflect this unprecedented time. Through the beauty and solemnity of their creative pieces, these artists encourage people to look forward to a future of good health and social justice.
Thursday, Dec. 17; 4 p.m.
The museum provides live programs for students of all ages who are interested in a more inclusive, accurate and complete education about Native America. Youth in Action: Conversations about Our Future, a new series of free webinars, is targeted to middle- and high-school students. Each month, students can hear from young Native activists and change makers from across the Western Hemisphere who are working toward equity and social justice for Indigenous peoples.
About the Museum
In partnership with Native peoples and their allies, the National Museum of the American Indian fosters a richer shared human experience through a more informed understanding of Native peoples. For information about the museums, including hours and directions, visit AmericanIndian.si.edu additional information is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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