Now open at our Washington, DC museum: "Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces"
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"Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces" tells the remarkable history of the American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter...
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Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces | National Museum of the American Indian
Here's what's on the schedule today at "Out of Many: A Winter Multicultural Presentation of Music and Dance" at the museum in Washington, D.C. If you can't join us in person, follow the live webcast at [ Link ]

10:30 Arev Armenian Dance Ensemble
11AM Mark Rooney, Taiko
11:30 Gabriel Ayala
12:30 Mark Rooney, Taiko
1PM Mystic Warriors
2PM Dark Water Rising
3PM Dawn Avery
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Visiting Washington this weekend? Whatever brought you to town, we hope the museum on the National Mall has something you'll enjoy doing today.

Love American history? "Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations," the museum's first exhibition devoted entirely to U.S. history, explores the goals and trade-offs of treaty-making from the perspective of...
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As the rally ends and the march begins, the museum on the National Mall is altering its traffic flow. Please continue to enter via Independence/Maryland Avenue (the south entrance). The east doors (under the dramatic overhang and onto the Welcome Plaza) are available as exits only.

We have seats, restrooms and drinking fountains, a marvelous cafe and coffee shop, and a room for breastfeeding...
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LIVE NOW: "Out of Many: A Winter Multicultural Presentation of Music and Dance" is underway at the museum on the National Mall. During today's #WomensMarchonWashington, the best way to enjoy the music and dance is probably via the live webcast at the link below.

Tomorrow, please come down to the museum for a full day of programs highlighting Native performers, both traditional and...
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Live Webcasts | National Museum of the American Indian
The museum in Washington, D.C., is open, with access right now *only* via the South Entrance (Independence/Maryland Ave between 3rd and 4th Streets SW). This is the view of the rally outside; it's jammed.

For people nearby who are experiencing non-medical issues, we can offer water and places to sit down. We do not have medical services available.

If march marshals can open a path to the...
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Native Fashion Now
Opening February 17
National Museum of the American Indian in New York

From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, Native Fashion Now celebrates the visual range, creative expression, and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 70 works spanning the last 50 years explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists from pioneering Native...
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"Picasso and Rivera . . . looked back into their indigenous roots to find alternatives to the goals, values, and artistic rules of Western Civilization. Rivera was a Mexican, and he looked to studying and interpreting the indigenous cultures, histories, and art of the Aztecs, Mayans, and other Indigenous Peoples of Mexico and Latin America. Picasso looked to the indigenous cultures of Spain,...
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Picasso and Rivera: Artists Inspired By Indigenous Roots - Indian Country Media Network
"Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles. Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.

"Courage breeds creativity. Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it.

"Cowardice asks the question, Is it safe? Expediency ask the question, Is it politic? Vanity asks the question, Is it popular?

"But conscience ask the question, Is it right? And there comes a time...
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Remembering the man and ideas the United States honors this weekend:

"I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal...
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Martin Luther King Jr. - Acceptance Speech
Wish the holidays lasted longer? In the Yup'ik villages and Orthodox communities of Southwest Alaska, Christmas week's house-to-house feasting and caroling just ended.

In Aniak, Slaviq brings a week of starring and songs for Orthodox Christmas
A highlight from the collections for a January day, and a wonderful observation about a little-acknowledged invention:

"It has been said that northern Native peoples 'wear their houses on their backs,' an allusion to the importance from the beginning of tailored clothing. . . . It can be argued that the needle was the critical artifact that made life in the North possible—the needle and the...
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To our friends around the country in the path of the weekend's winter storms, please stay safe! If you're in New York City or Washington, D.C., though, and the streets and sidewalks are clear, come on down to the museum! In addition to exhibition tours at both venues and fun things for families to do at the imagiNATIONS Activity Center in Washington, the museum presents a storybook reading and...
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“More than 180 sites in the Bemidji [Minnesota] area post bilingual signage in English and Ojibwe . . . . It helps American Indians (mostly Ojibwe) feel more welcomed and respected in the community, it helps the non-Indian learn a little bit more about the area before they arrived, it is a conversation starter between Indians and non-Indians, and tourists eat it up.” —From the anonymous...
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Native American Language Program Recognized By National Geographic Geotourism - Indian Country Media Network
Photographer Horace Poolaw "gets his much-delayed due in an expansive retrospective at the National Museum of the American Indian." On view on the National Mall through June 4. Review at the Washington CityPaper link below. Visitor information and a slideshow of Horace Poolaw's photographs on our website: [ Link ]

Photo: Funeral of Agnes (Mrs. Abel) Big Bow (Kiowa). Hog Creek,...
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At the National Museum of the American Indian, an Expansive Retropective of Horace Poolaw's Photography
The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) Headquarters Collection at the National Museum of the American Indian features 63 artworks by the Ugiuvangmiut Iñupiaq family of Louis Seeganna (1916–74) and his sons Peter (1938–74), Richard (b. 1949), Stanley (b. 1950), and Bellarmine (1953–2002). The short essay at the link shows the changes over time in the Seegannas' art. The writer, a curatorial...
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New Yorkers and friends visiting New York—looking for a wonderful cultural program for young children? Every Wednesday at the museum in lower Manhattan, singer-songwriter and educator Irka Mateo teaches children (ages 2 and older) about Taíno culture through stories, songs, movement, and hands-on activities.

The program is free of charge, but registration is required: [ Link...
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IRKA MATEO Taino Music and Storytelling at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

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It's that time of year—football. If the playoffs are your thing, we're rooting for you to have a great day! If not so much and you live near New York City or Washington, D.C., there are terrific exhibitions to see at both our locations.

At the museum on the National Mall in Washington: [ Link ]

At the Heye Center in lower Manhattan: [ Link ]

Illustration: Ernest L....
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On Saturday, Jan. 21, and Sunday, Jan. 22, we will host “Out of Many: A Multicultural Celebration of Music and Dance” at NMAI in Washington, D.C. The free event will feature Native performers from across the country and performances by local cultural groups. Presenters include Southern rock/soul group Dark Water Rising; classical, jazz and contemporary guitarist Gabriel Ayala (Yaqui); blues...
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