If you love American history and law, or if seeing original documents gives you a sense of connection to other people and times, this is for you:

The original Treaty of Medicine Creek, 1854, is now on display at the museum on the national mall in the exhibition “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations.” Delegates from tribes that are party to the...
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At the museum in New York:

This weekend is a great time to see "Native Fashion Now." Make it a day of high style by adding a museum tour of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, a Beaux Arts masterpiece. Custom House tours take place Saturday at noon and Sunday at 3 PM.

Two other public tours for families and adults are offered Sunday afternoon:

Noon | "Cerámica de los Ancestros:...
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FREE TONIGHT at 6 p.m. at the museum in New York—Breaking Barriers: Women's SHorts Program. Details: [ Facebook.com Link ]

Breaking Barriers: Women's Shorts Program

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"I painted a painting called 'Cathy with Two Moons,' as I envisioned myself belonging on another planet, one that has two moons. How many of us have stood outside our houses at night and prayed to be taken away from here?"
—Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez, from the audio clip at [ Nmai.si.edu Link ]

Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez (Luiseño/Wailaki/Choctaw, b. 1953) is a self-taught artist whose...
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The round dance is is a social dance done all over North America and today in the NMAI Potomac Atrium, by area students (photo courtesy of Ben Norman).
The museum expresses its condolences to the family and friends of David Rockefeller (1915–2017) and joins them in celebrating his life. Mr. Rockefeller played an important role in the establishment of the National Museum of the American Indian as part of the Smithsonian, with museums in both New York City and Washington, D.C.

In 1985, it was Mr. Rockefeller who suggested to President Ronald...
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The collective Postcommodity is among the artists chosen for the 2017 Whitney Biennial and highlighted in the review at the link.

Work by Postcommodity member Raven Chacon (Diné) will be featured in "Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound," opening at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York on November 10, 2017. [ Nmai.si.edu Link ]

Kade L. Twist (Cherokee) took part...
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Why the Whitney’s Humanist, Pro-Diversity Biennial Is a Revelation

Teachers interested in summer professional development: Join scholars, education experts, and Native community members for a unique and immersive experience for educators in social studies, history, or language arts.

NK360° Summer Educator Institute
Applications due April 14
Institute session is July 10–14
National Museum of the American Institute, Washington, D.C.

[ Nmai.si.edu Link...
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Summer Educator Institute | National Museum of the American Indian

Are you a great teacher, or do you know a great teacher? This summer the museum has an opportunity for an outstanding teacher working to help change education about American Indian history and cultures for the better.

Summer Teacher-in Residence
Applications due March 31
One educator teaching in grades 5 through 12 will be selected to hold a 6-to–8-week residency at the museum in Washington,...
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Teacher-in-Residence Program | National Museum of the American Indian

TONIGHT at the museum in Washington, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital presents the #USpremiere of the documentary "100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice," Elouise Cobell's long legal battle to hold the U.S. govt to account for the mismanagement of Indian trust funds.

Film begins at 7pm. The Mitsitam Cafe will be open until 6:45. Discussion with director Melinda...
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The museum's specialist in Hawaiian and Micronesian history and cultures is close to finishing building a voyaging canoe. Here he shares the unexpectedly rewarding experience of making a sail.


I must admit, I thought making the sail for this boat would be the most boring part. A lot of stitching, stitching, and stitching. After hewing logs into outrigger and booms, the idea of such...
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The voyage of building an outrigger canoe: Sailmaking

For St. Patrick’s Day, Judy Allen, senior executive officer of tribal relations for the Choctaw Nation, tells the history of an act of kindness that unites the people of the Choctaw Nation and the people of Ireland to this day.

The Choctaw Nation's Gift (Happy St. Patrick's Day from the National Museum of the American Indian)

Only 16 years after their long, sad march along the Trail of Tears, the Choctaw people learned of the famine in Ireland. Here's how they responded. This short essay was originally published on the museum's blog in 2011. We share it most years around this time. Have a happy and generous St. Patrick's Day tomorrow!

Image: George Catlin (1796–1872). "Ball-play of the Choctaw: Ball-up," 1846–50....
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The Choctaw Nation's Gift (Happy St. Patrick's Day from the National Museum of the American Indian)

"Whatever one presumes to know about the fashion and clothing styles created by Native American designers, expectations are likely to be upended at a new showcase exhibtion on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, in New York City."


These Designs Showcase the Provocative World of Native Fashion

Both our museums are open their usual hours today, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. In Washington, D.C., we're open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In New York, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo: Gwich′in dinjik dhah dzirh (mittens). Doyon Native Corporation, Yukon River, Alaska; 1907–13. Moose hide, wool cloth, beaver fur, glass beads, metal beads, wool yarn, sinew; 37 x 27 x 7 cm. 16/1647
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Snow status: The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to open at noon today, March 14, 2017. The National Museum of the American Indian in New York is closed for the day. Stay safe and warm, everyone!

Photo: Inupiaq cribbage board in the form of a caribou, ca. 1900. Bering Straits Native Corporation, Nome, Alaska. Ivory, pigment; 29 x 2.5 x 8.2 cm....
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Asgiilleq (Nellie Slim, Yup'ik) wearing a parka decorated with a bell and the gears from a clock. Alaska, 1930–40. Photograph (hand-colored lantern slide) by Leuman M. Waugh (1877–1972). L02250

(A very subtle reminder that tonight is the night to set our clocks forward an hour. Daylight Savings Time begins tomorrow.)
This weekend at the museum in New York:

Saturday, March 11

Noon | Tour of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
Highlights include the history of the site, architect Cass Gilbert, and sculptor Daniel Chester French; viewing the Collectors Office with Tiffany woodwork; Reginald Marsh murals; and the 140-ton Rotunda dome by Rafael Guastavino.

1 pm | Storybook Reading and Hands-On...
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Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band of Cherokee, b. 1957)
"Pieced Treaty: Spider’s Web Treaty Basket," 2007
Tulsa, Oklahoma. Paper, paint; 50.8 x 50.8 x 71.1 cm. 26/6080
Photo by NMAI Photo Services, Smithsonian

"As a teenager, I illustrated 20 Cherokee basket designs in pen and ink for a book by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board. After that, I felt like I could probably weave a basket.

"I didn’t...
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Joane Cardinal-Schubert (Kainai First Nation [Blood Tribe], 1942–2009), "Medicine Wheel–Nebula (Dream)–Glass-Bottom Boat," 2000–06. Acrylic on canvas; 166.7 x 211.5 cm. Gift of the Province of Alberta and the Honorable Ralph Klein, premier of Alberta, 2006. 26/5680
NMAI Photo Services, Smithsonian

Here, Joane Cardinal-Schubert portrays Hazlet Lake, where she lived as a child; its surface is...
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