National Museum of the American Indian

Celebrate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

November 13, 2009, 8:28 am
Celebrate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Special event throughout November include a National Potluck Dinner to a special float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and family fun days at the museum. Our favorites are included below. An extensive list is available online.

Fall Family Weekend: From Deer to Dance
November 14 & 15
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.

In this colorful celebration of culture, music, dance, art, and education, visitors explore the Native process of turning the hides or skins of animals into the beautiful dresses or regalia worn during traditional ceremonies and powwows. Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Float
November 26
New York City

Check out the National Museum of the American Indian float in the legendary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The float, “The Spirit of Thanksgiving,” was inspired by the sculpture Allies in War, Partners in Peace (Edward Hlavka, 2004), symbolizing Oneida Indian culture and history. The actual sculpture, which was a gift from the Oneida Nation of New York to commemorate the NMAI opening, is on view on the museum’s Fourth Level.

Thanksgiving Feast
November 26
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.

Pick up your Thanksgiving Day feast prepared in the museum’s Zagat-rated Mitsitam Cafe. (Dinners begin at $75; pre-order by November 20.)

National Potluck
November 28

Host your own potluck, or join one in your area as a way to raise money and awareness for the National Museum of the American Indian. The National Potluck, held on the same day as the Museum’s 20th anniversary, is a social fundraising event designed to help NMAI’s members, donors, friends and constituents celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the legislation that established the Museum, and help the Museum look forward to the future by raising $50,000 for our exhibitions, public programs, and other activities.

The purpose of the National Potluck is not only to raise funds for the museum, but to bring the NMAI community to your hometown. On November 28th, the museum will be webcasting portions of the Foodways of the Americas program so that hosts throughout the country can participate. We are also providing Potluck participants with free recipes and exclusive web videos to help create the NMAI atmosphere wherever they are.

To participate in the National Potluck, you can register as a potluck host and create your own fundraising page. Potluck hosts can choose to have their potluck in their home, community, or virtually. Once you have created your page, you will be able to email your family and friends inviting them to your potluck, and to make a donation to the museum. Register online to be a host.