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Daily Screenings
July 30, 2007–August 26, 2007, 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
The Screening Room

Dab Iyiyuu: First Steps (2003, 24 min.) CANADA
Director: Neil Diamond (Cree) and Philip Lewis
Dab Iyiyuu/Absolutely Cree series.
In English and Cree with English subtitles.
A Cree community in northern Ontario observes the traditional celebration of the "first steps" of its very young children. The documentary contains and enactment of a traditional Cree tale about a father's treachery and a mother's love, and the heroism of their son.
K'evujel ta Jteklum/Song of Our Land (2005, 36 min.) MEXICO
Director: Pedro Daniel López (Tzotzil)
Produced by: Proyecto Videoastas Indígenas de la Frontera Sur
In Tzotzil with English subtitles.
An insider's guide to the Tzotzil musical tradition in Zinacantán, Chiapas, where musicians participate in traditional rituals and contribute to the continuity of their culture.

Especially for Kids
July 30, 2007–August 27, 2007, 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.
The Screening Room

Day and Night (2005, 6 min.) US
Director: Joseph Erb
Produced by: the American Indian Resource Center, Tahlequah, OK
In Muscogee Creek with English subtitles.
The raccoon's tail inspires a solution to a dispute between the daytime animals and the nighttime animals, and accounts for the equal division of day and night in the world.
El Mar Es de Todos/The Sea Belongs to All of Us (2006, 3 min.) MEXICO
Director: Hugo Arellanes, Lukas Avendaño, Guadalupe Núñez, Amílcar Vicente-Meneses
Produced by: Ojo de Agua Comunicación, Oaxaca
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Young Native filmmakers follow the fisherman as they make nets and fish off of the beach of Juchitán de Zaragoza in Oaxaca.
We'll Still Be Dancing (1992, 3 min.) US
Director: Dan Jones (Ponca)
Courtesy of Sesame Street.
Children of the Ponca tribe dance at a traditional gathering, as seen from the perspective of a young dancer.
Tainá-Kan, The Big Star (2005, 16 min.) BRAZIL
Director: Adriana Figueiredo
In Portuguese with English subtitles.
A digital animation of a traditional tale of the Karaja Indians of Brazil tells a story that accounts for the origin of the origin of agriculture as a gift of Tainá-Kan, or the big star Venus, who comes to earth in the form of a man.

Photo by Julie Mau & Lin Cariffe
Saturday, August 11, 2007, 2 p.m.
Native Sounds Downtown, NMAI's annual summer musical series, presents Hawaiian dance group Nã Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 6 p.m.
Diker Pavilion

Join us for the Native soul and R&B; of this performer, described by Billboard Magazine's Larry Flick as "a true original; the kind of artist who sets trends, as opposed to following them."

La Casita: A Home for the Heart
Monday, August 27, 2007, 5:30 p.m.
NMAI Cobblestone Area; (Rain location: Pavilion)

This multicultural presentation and collaboration with Lincoln Center Out of Doors features poetry, oral traditions and music from Pamyua (Inuit and Yu'pik), Yarina (Kichua), Michael Heralda (Nahautl), John Trudell (Santee), Joy Harjo (Muskogee), and features the words and music of 8 poets and ensembles representing the oral traditions of their cultures.

The Big Draw 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

NMAI's George Gustav Heye Center will host two floors of drawing activities for The Big Draw 2007. In celebration of Listening to Our Ancestors, NMAI's Big Draw activities will revolve around activities focusing on the art and culture of the Northwest Coast communities represented in the exhibit. The Northern Tide Dancers, led by Wayne Price (Tlingit), will perform throughout the day, and museum visitors will be encouraged to draw images of the dancers. Two Native artists, Athena LaTocha (Lakota/Ojibwe) and Jeffrey Gibson (Cherokee/Choctaw) will lead the drawing activities.

Northern Tide Dancers
Sunday, September 9, 2007, 1 & 3:30 p.m.

The Alaska group, Northern Tide Dancers, present dances from their Tlingit culture. Led by Wayne Price (Tlingit), the group uses masks to tell the stories of their ancestors.

Celebrate Mexico Now Festival
Words of the People/Palabras de los Seres Verdaderos
Saturday, September 15, 2007, 2 p.m.

Mexico Now is a multi-venue arts festival focused entirely on contemporary Mexico. This program, moderated by Donald Frishmann, focuses on the indigenous theater of Mexico with readings from playwrights Petrona de La Cruz and Isabel Juárez Espinosa. This multi-language presentation (English/Spanish/Tzotzil/Tzeltal) tells the stories of women's struggles in Highland Chiapas.

Traditional Dance Social: Thunderbird Indian Dancers and Singers
Saturday, October 20, 2007, 7-10 p.m.

Join the Thunderbird Indian Dancers and Singers, directed by Louis Mofsie (Hopi/Winnebago), in an evening of traditional social dancing. Heyna Second Sons are the featured drum group. Bring your family and enjoy the festivities.

El Dia de los Muertos
El Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Saturday, October 27, 2007, 1-5 p.m.

Honor the memory of ancestors, family, and friends who have departed in this celebration that has roots in the indigenous cultures of Mexico. Join NMAI staff in a day of activities, which include dance performances by Danza Mexica Cetiliztli Nauhcampa, and hands-on workshops featuring papel picado, paper flowers, and skulls.

Saturday, December 8, 2007, 10 am - 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 9, 2007, 10 am - 5 p.m.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Holiday Art Market will be held indoors at the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and at the museum's George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. At each location, the Art Market will feature works by 35 Native artists including: jewelry; ceramics; fine apparel; handwoven baskets; traditional beadwork; dolls in Native regalia; and paintings, prints and sculpture.

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