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EXHIBITIONS IN WASHINGTON, DC
Listening to Our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life Along the North Pacific Coast
February 3, 2006–January 2, 2007
Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World
Opening September 21, 2004
Our Peoples: Giving Voice to Our Histories
Opening September 21, 2004
Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities
Opening September 21, 2004

EXHIBITIONS IN NEW YORK
Beauty Surrounds Us
September 23, 2006–September 23, 2008
Indigenous Motivations: Recent Acquisitions from the National Museum of the American Indian
July 22, 2006–July 22, 2007
Born of Clay: Ceramics from the National Museum of the American Indian
November 5, 2005–May 30, 2007



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2006
FILMS
Daily Screenings
September 11, 2006–October 1, 2006, 1 pm, 3 pm and Thursdays at 5:30 pm
Daily
New York
The Screening Room, Second Floor
Beauty Surrounds Us:Productions celebrate the Native peoples whose objects are on view in the Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures.
Songs in Minto Life (1985, 29 min.) US. Director: Curt Madison. In English and Tanana Athabascan with English subtitles. The songs of the Tanana Indians living near Minto Flats, Alaska, are alive with creativity and tradition. As the production documents seasonal activities, including a moose hunt, elders sing their songs and talk about their lives.
Desempolvando Nuestra Historia/Dusting Off Our History
(1999, 27 min.) Bolivia. Director: Alfredo Copa (Quechua). Produced by: CEFREC-CAIB. In Quechua with English subtitles. Quechua elders from different villages in highland Bolivia who belong to the same allyu (clan) rediscover ties between their two communities through their clothing, games, songs, and agriculture.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Paawats Family Activity Room
May 3, 2006–January 2, 2007, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Daily
Washington DC
Listening to Our Ancestors exhibition, Third Level
Visit the Paawats Family Activity Room, which is part of the Listening to Our Ancestors exhibition. Paawats means "bird's nest" or "place where learning takes place" in the language of the Nuu-chah-nulth people. In this part of the gallery, you can handle fishing tools, practice weaving, play a matching game, learn a story, and try lots of other fun act ivities!
Visit the Welcome Desk the day of your visit for more information.
FILMS
Daily Screenings - Celebrate Latin America
October 1, 2006–October 31, 2006, 10:30 am
Daily
Washington DC
Elmer and Mary Louis Rasmuson Theater, First Level
Showtimes and titles screened are subject to change. For more information, please stop by the Information Desk the day of your visit.
Turix/Dragonfly (2003, 33 min.) MEXICO. Director: Byrt Wammack. Producer: Ana Rosa Duarte (Maya). Produced by: Yoochel Kaaj. In the state of Yucatán, an eclectic, multilingual television magazine is being produced by workshops of Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec, Tzeltal, and Chol videomakers, in collaboration with other contributors.
FILMS
Especially for Kids
September 11, 2006–October 1, 2006, 10:30 am and 11:45 am
Daily
New York
The Screening Room, Second Floor
The Beginning They Told (2003, 11 min.) U.S. Joseph Erb (Cherokee).
Produced for: the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. In Cherokee with English subtitles. The animals living in the sky work together to bring about the creation of the earth from a tiny piece of mud.
The Legend of Quillwork Girl and Her Seven Star Brothers (2003, 14 min.) U.S. States. Steve Barron. Courtesy of Hallmark Entertainment. Actors: Teneil Whiskeyjack (Saddle Lake First Nation) and Michelle Thrush (Cree). A Cheyenne legend about a skillful girl and her brothers explains how the Big Dipper originated. A selection from Hallmark's award-winning television feature Dreamkeeper.
Tales of Wesakechak: Wesakechak and The Medicine (2002, 13 min.) Canada.Director: Gregory Coyes (Métis Cree). Stories from the Seventh Fire series. In a cautionary tale about respecting the power of medicine, Wesakechak has bad experiences when he tries to use the medicine meant for the Birds.
FILMS
Signature Film A Thousand Roads
September 15, 2006–November 22, 2006, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Daily
Washington DC
Rasmuson Theater
(2005, 43 min.) U.S. Director: Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho). Writers: Scott Garen and Joy Harjo (Mvskoke/Creek). Produced by Barry Clark and Scott Garen for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Executive Producer: W. Richard West, Jr. (Southern Cheyenne).
An emotionally engaging film, A Thousand Roads is a fictional work that illustrates the complexity and vibrancy of contemporary Native life by following the lives of four Native people living in New York City, Alaska, New Mexico, and Peru. Free. No tickets required. For ages 12 and up.
Film schedule subject to change.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
NATIVE STORYTELLING: Ron Hamilton
Friday, September 29, 2006, 10:30 a.m. and noon
Saturday, September 30, 2006, 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 1, 2006, 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Washington DC
Outdoor Amphitheater
Ron Hamilton (Nuu-chah-nulth) author and artist, shares stories of his culture as part of NMAI's celebration of the yearlong exhibit, "Listening to our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life Along the North Pacific Coast."
FILMS
Native Film Welcome Home
September 15, 2006–November 22, 2006, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Daily
Washington DC
Rasmuson Theater
(2005, 13 min.) U.S. In September 2004, thousands of Native peoples from throughout the Western Hemisphere and non-Native supporters gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. Welcome Home captures the spirit and energy of the historic Native Nations Procession and other celebratory events.
Film schedule subject to change.
FILMS
Daily Screenings - Celebrate Latin America
October 1, 2006–October 31, 2006, 3:30 pm
Daily
Washington DC
Elmer and Mary Louis Rasmuson Theater, First Level
Showtimes and titles screened are subject to change. For more information, please stop by the Information Desk the day of your visit.
La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead (1988, 50 min.) US. Director: Lourdes Portillo and Susana Muñoz. A visually rich documentary shot in Mexico and California explores the joyous and sad meanings of the Day of the Dead and its place in Mexican and Chicano heritage.
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