FILMS DAILY SCREENINGS: Celebrate México Now at NMAI September 30, 2008–October 28, 2008, 1 & 3 p.m.; Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Daily Screening Room
La Cumbia del Mole (2006, 4 min.) MEXICO. Lila Downs (Mixtec) and Johnny Moreno. In Spanish. A song performed by Lila Downs celebrates the traditional cooking of Oaxacan women and the art of making mole and music.
Na Florentina (2005, 7 min.) MEXICO. José Manuel Valencia (Zapotec). In Spanish with English subtitles. Florentina Gallegos Luis, a grandmother in Juchitán, Oaxaca, prepares totopos (baked corn tortillas) for sale in the town square. The process is painstaking and laborious—and undervalued.
Sueños Binacionales/Bi-National Dreams (2005, 30 min.) MEXICO. Yolanda Cruz (Chatin). In Spanish and Chatin with English subtitles. This production tells the stories of the Mixtec people who have been immigrating to California for more than three decades and the more recent stories of the Chatinos who have been going to North Carolina for the past ten years.
FILMS Especially for Kids September 30, 2008–October 28, 2008, 10:30 & 11:45 a.m. Daily Screening Room, Second Floor
The Legend of Quillwork Girl and Her Seven Star Brothers Brothers (2003, 14 min.) US. Steve Barron. This Cheyenne legend uses the bond between a skillful girl and her resourceful brothers to explain how the Big Dipper originated. A selection from the award-winning television feature Dreamkeeper, prepared for screening at NMAI by Hallmark Entertainment.
Raven Tales: The Sea Wolf (2006, 23 min.) CANADA. Caleb Hystad. The first man is dismayed to find he has no skill as a fisherman and that his skills as an artisan are unappreciated, so he calls out a mythical sea monster to help him.
WORKSHOPS Let's Make Otoe Earrings! Thursday, October 16, 2008, 6-8 p.m. Education Classroom
Cody Harjo (Seminole/Otoe/Creek) will lead a hands-on beading workshop featuring contemporary Otoe One Needle Appliqué beadwork. Pre-registration is required (call 212-514-3716). Appropriate for ages 16 and older. Materials fee is $25, members $20.
Thunderbird Indian Dancers and Singers
SPECIAL PROGRAMS Traditional Dance Social with the Thunderbird Indian Dancers and Singers Saturday, October 18, 2008, 7-10 p.m. Pavilion
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/Day of the Dead
SPECIAL PROGRAMS El Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Saturday, November 1, 2008, 1-5 p.m. Museum-wide
Honor the memory of ancestors, family and friends who have departed in this celebration that has roots in the indigenous cultures of Mexico. Activities will include dance performances by Danza Mexica Cetiliztli Nauhcampa, storytelling with Elvira and Hortensia Colorado, and an art installation and sugar skulls by Tlisza Jaurique. Also featured are hands-on workshops featuring papel picado, paper flowers, and plaster skull figures.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS "Stepping Out for Health" with Caitlin B: Teacher Workshop & Family Program Thursday, November 6, 2008, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, November 8, 2008, 1-3 p.m.
Visitors will be introduced to the recently released Eagle Book Series published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program will be led by Caitlin Baker, a 14-year-old member of the Muscogee Creek Tribe who is an Olympic hopeful for the U.S. Swimming Team and founder of the Caitlin B Foundation. Caitlin is an activist for Native Youth health and is dedicated to getting the word out about healthy lifestyles to help combat the risks of diabetes and other ills. Caitlin approaches her cause with great enthusiasm and fun activities for everyone! This is program is a collaboration with the Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Teacher Workshop: Thursday, November 6, 2008, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Participants will tour the exhibit of "Tricky Treats" and "Knees Lifted High," meet Caitlin, and receive an educator's package of the Eagle Book Series. The workshop is free, but registration is required; call J. Estevez at 212-514-3716.
Family Program: Saturday, November 8, 2008, 1–3 p.m. Caitlin B. will get the whole family's heart pumping in this fun program!
WORKSHOPS Create a Pendant Necklace Thursday, November 6, 2008, 6-8 p.m. Orientation Room
Cody Harjo (Seminole/Otoe/Creek) will lead a hands-on beading workshop featuring contemporary Otoe one-needle appliqué beadwork. Pre-registration is required (call 212-514-3716). Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Materials fee is $25; members $20.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS Indigenous Style and Design Saturday, November 15, 2008, 1-5 p.m. Museum-wide
Celebrated dressmakers and artists offer demonstrations and lectures focused on the designs and traditions of their Native cultures. Featured in the program will be Identity By Design curator, Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota); dress makers and bead workers, Joyce and Juanita Growing Thunder (Assiniboine/Sioux); soft sculpture artist, Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock); dance fan artist, Patrick Scott (Diné); Vanessa Short Bull (Lakota), the first Native American Miss South Dakota; Dexter Cirillo, Southwestern jewelry expert; and others.
NMAI Art Market
SPECIAL PROGRAMS NMAI ART MARKET Saturday, December 6, 2008, 10 a.m.�5:30 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2008, 10 a.m.�5:30 p.m.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian 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.