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Cultural Interpreter Discussions
May 1, 2006–July 28, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Information Desk


Every business day at 2 p.m., meet with a Cultural Interpreter for a discussion about the museum's exhibitions and Native cultures. Inquire at the Information Desk for more details.

Daily Screenings
June 26, 2006–July 30, 2006, 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

The Screening Room, Second Floor


Snow Snake: Game of the Haudenosaunee (2006, 6 min.) US. Produced by the NMAI Resource Center, George Gustav Heye Center. Featuring master snow snake maker and player Fred Kennedy (Seneca), this video introduces the lively traditional game that's played today by Iroquois men in competitions throughout Iroquois Country.
Skywalkers, Iroquois Women: The Three Sisters, and The Great Law of Peace (1998, 34 min. together) US. Director: Pat Ferrero. Produced for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh. The many strengths of Iroquois culture are the focus of interviews with ironworkers and their families, an inquiry into the strength and equality of women in Iroquois tradition, and a presentation of the central spiritual teaching of the Haudenosaunee peoples. Among those featured are Doug George (Mohawk), G. Peter Jemison (Seneca), Audrey Shenendoah (Onondaga) and Chief Jake Swamp (Mohawk).

Especially for Kids
June 26, 2006–July 30, 2006, 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

The Screening Room, Second Floor


Onenhakenra: White Seed (1984, 20 min.). United States. Frank Semmens for the Akwesasne Museum. Mohawks of the Akwesasne Reservation talk about the role of corn in their culture and show the making of traditional corn soup and corn husk dolls.
How Wesakechak Got His NameandWolf Tale:Legend of the Caribou (2002, 23 min.) Canada. Producers: Gerri Cook, Ava Karvonen, Gregory Coyes (Métis Cree), and George Johnson. Stories from the Seventh Fire series. Segments from an animation series include a traditional Anishnabe tale in which Wesakechak, the Trickster, learns that a name of importance must be earned and a story of how Mother Wolf teaches that creatures of small size can be powerful.

At the Movies, The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
Thursday, July 6, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 8, 2006, 2:00 p.m.



The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros(2005, 100 min.) Philippines. Director: Aureus Solitos. In Tagalog with English subtitles. Born into a Manila slum, gay preteen Maxi's unquestioning devotion to his family of small-time criminals is undermined when he befriends a young policeman. Solitos, also known by his Palawa'n name Kanakan Balintagos, was named Best Director at the ImagiNative Film and Media Festival in Toronto. The film was screened at the 2006 New Directors/New Films in New York and won the Golden Zenith Award at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Introduced by Diana Lee of Asian Cinevision. Presented in conjunction with the Asian American International Film Festival and the Asia Society.
Please note: July 6 screening is at the Asia Society

Children's Storybook Reading and Workshop
Saturday, July 8, 2006, noon

Resource Center, second floor


Listen to the Ma'ii and Cousin Horned Toad: A Traditional Navajo Story, by Shonto Begay; Lightning Inside You and Other Native American Riddles, edited by John Bierhorst with illustrations by Louise Brierley; and How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet: Native American Animal Origin Stories, collected and retold by Gerals Hausman with illustrations by Ashley Wolff. Make a cup-and-ball game following the readings.

Irocorn Keychain Workshop
Thursday, July 13, 2006, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 15, 2006, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Education Classroom, second floor


Learn about the importance of corn not only to Native Americans, but to the world with Iroquois beader, Ruth Hill (Cayuga). In the hands-on workshop, Ruth Hill will instruct participants how to make a beaded "Irocorn" keychain in the shape of an ear of corn and glass beads that mimic wampum shell beads. Pre-registration is required. Call (212) 514-3714. Appropriate for ages 12 years and up. Materials fee is $15 ($13 for members).

Iroquois Cornhusk Doll Family Workshop
Thursday, July 20, 2006, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Education Classroom, second floor


Tour the hands-on Haudenosaunee Discovery Room with Paul Betancourt (Seneca) and learn about the Iroquois culture of New York State. Then make an Iroquois style cornhusk doll in the workshop. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Pre-registration required. Call (212) 514-3714.

The Red Road with Arigon Starr
Thursday, August 3, 2006, 6 p.m.



The multi-talented Arigon Starr (Kickapoo/Creek) portrays a Native Amercan woman trying to make it in the country music scene. Produced by Native Voices at the Autry. Produced by Autry National Center and Native Voices at the Autry.

Clay Family Workshop
Thursday, August 10, 2006, 4:30 � 6 p.m.

Education Classroom, second floor


Tour the Born of Clay exhibition with William Chimborazo (Kichwa) and look at different pottery styles. Following the tour make your own clay pot. For ages 7 and up.

First Nation's Canadian Blues Night with Murray Porter and George Leach
Thursday, August 17, 2006, 6 p.m.



Join Prominent First Nation artists Murray Porter (Mohawk) and George Leach (Sta'atl'imx) evening of the blues.

A Children's Concert with Daniel and David Kamakahi
Saturday, August 19, 2006, 2 p.m.



This father-son pair is among the most prominent Native Hawaiian musical artists today. Winners of numerous awards, their most recent success has been in the latest Lilo & Stitch animated feature by Disney. Native Sounds Downtown is supported by the Alliance for Downtown New York.


Celebrate Mexico Now Festival: Contemporary Mexican Indigenous-Language Writers Natalio Hernández and Briceida Cuevas Cob
Thursday, September 7, 2006, 6 p.m.

Collector's Office

Celebrate Mexico Now is a multi-venue arts festival focused entirely on contemporary Mexico. This program focuses on the indigenous languages of Mexico as expressed through the poetry of Natalio Hernández (Nahuatl) and Briceida Cuevas Cob (Mayan). This event is part of Celebrate México Now, a citywide festival of contemporary Mexican art and culture produced by CN Management. www.mexiconowfestival.org​.

Children's Storybook Reading and Workshop Celebrates "The Big Draw"
Saturday, September 9, 2006, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Orientation Room, first floor


The museum is delighted to participate in NYC's first "The Big Draw" event. The day's program begins with storybook readings of Crow Chief, told and illustrated by Paul Goble; The Sketchbook of Thomas Blue Eagle, by Gay Matthaei and Jewel Grutman with illustrations by Adam Cvijanovic; and Where There Is No Name for Art, with text and photographs by Bruce Hacko. At noon, participate in a drawing activity with Jeffrey Gibson (Choctaw) in the Museum's Rotunda. Ages 5 and up.

Hands-on Family Workshop: Make a Bookmark
Thursday, September 14, 2006, 4:30 � 6:30 p.m.

Education Classroom, second floor


Learn about Taino culture of the Caribbean with Dennisse Gonzalez (Taino), then make a bookmark with Taino petroglyph designs in this hands-on workshop. Pre-registration required. Call 212-514-3714. For ages 7 and up.

The Charles and Valerie Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures Opens
Saturday, September 23, 2006


The museum is proud to present Lower Manhattan's newest art and performance space, the Charles and Valerie Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures. The 6000 square-foot elliptical space will increase the museum's size by one-third and allow the museum to feature more special programs and welcome more members, visitors, and school groups. Come celebrate this new space and join us for special Pavilion events!

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