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Multicultural Travel News – News from Washington, D.C., New York, Albuquerque, Wisconsin, Tennessee, California and the Rockies

Friday, Dec 09, 2022

Multicultural Travel News – News from Washington, D.C., New York, Albuquerque, Wisconsin, Tennessee, California and the Rockies

News Briefs:
  • NMAI | National Museum of the American Indian: Visit the Many Nations of America From Home, Washington, D.C., and New York
  • Great Ways to Honor Native American Heritage Month – Albuquerque
  • Great Ways to Honor Native American Heritage Month – Wisconsin
  • Great Ways to Honor Native American Heritage Month – Tennessee
  • Visit Native California Platform will Inspire Travelers to Discover Wonders of Golden State’s Native Lands and Cultural Heritage Experiences
  • The YMCA of the Rockies Is Working to Diversify the Outdoors
News Briefs
NMAI | National Museum of the American Indian: Visit the Many Nations of America From Home, Washington, D.C., and New York
Join us to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. This year we are featuring the procession and dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial honoring American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian veterans. Visitors can learn about and enjoy the diversity and contributions of these Native cultures with a variety of free public events in Washington, D.C., New York City, and online. Programs include performances, talks and family activities. 2022 Native Cinema Showcase, Nov. 18–25, Online The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Indigenous film. Embracing their communities’ oral histories, knowledge and ancestral lands, Indigenous filmmakers are seeking guidance from the past and envisioning new paths for the future. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic. The online program includes a total of 35 films (six features and 30 shorts) representing 30 Native nations in eight different countries: US, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia and Sweden. There are 10 Indigenous languages spoken in the films. Genres include documentaries, music videos, kid-friendly shorts, films in Indigenous languages and more. Film Screening Imagining The Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m., Washington, D.C. Imagining the Indian (USA, 2022, 95 Min.) is a comprehensive examination of the movement to eradicate demeaning and offensive words, images, and gestures in the world of sports. The film takes a deep dive into the issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the fight. The psychological research is clear: the use of Native American mascots is detrimental, not only to Native people, but to marginalized groups everywhere. Directors/Producers: Aviva Kempner, Ben West (Cheyenne). Native American Heritage Program with Tony Duncan, Friday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., Washington, D.C. Learn about the meaning and history of hoop dancing in Native culture and enjoy demonstrations by five-time world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan (San Carlos Apache/Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara).
Great Ways to Honor Native American Heritage Month – Albuquerque
New Mexico’s Native American culture is reflected in nearly every aspect of life within Albuquerque – from the city’s art and architecture to its festivals and culinary traditions among the state’s 23 Native American pueblos, tribes and nations. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has exciting exhibits and initiatives, including dance performances and lessons, unique contemporary Indigenous meals, and the opening of the new Indian Pueblo Teaching KitchenHotel Chaco, the city’s latest luxury hotel, features works by contemporary Native artists, while the recently refreshed Nativo Lodge has 60 unique Artist Rooms and a stunning five-story facade painted by Jemez Pueblo muralist Michael Toya. Shop for Native American jewelry, arts and crafts at Bien Mur Indian Market Center, Palms Trading Co., and the Indian Pueblo Store. Also don’t miss a beer at Bow & Arrow Brewing Company, the first brewery in the country owned by Native American women.
Great Ways to Honor Native American Heritage Month – Wisconsin
The first tribal national park in the United States, Wisconsin’s Frog Bay conserves and protects the historic and cultural use of the land, as well the headwaters of the Frog Creek Watershed, a unique forest type with undeveloped Lake Superior Shoreline and a pristine coastal estuary. Inside the park, the trails are marked with Anishinaabe cultural interpretive signs. Open year-round for recreation in both summer and winter, it’s a popular spot for hiking and snowshoeing. Pick your own apples and vegetables on the 2,400 acres of the Oneida Nation Apple Orchard, and create a feast with spectacular seafood from Red Cliff Fish Company, which is owned by the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Toast Native American Heritage Month with a cocktail crafted with spirits created at Copper Crow Distillery, the nation’s first Native-owned distillery.
Great Ways to Honor Native American Heritage Month – Tennessee
Tennessee is full of Native American history and attractions. The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail runs east to west documenting the tragic story of the removal of Cherokee Indians from their ancestral homelands. The Cherokee Removal Memorial Park in Birchwood is now a multipurpose facility honoring the life of those who died during this period; the site features a memorial wall, scenic overlook and an interpretive visitor center. Additional sites of interest include Red Clay State Historic Park, the last seat of Cherokee national government; Museum Center at 5ive Points, telling the story of the Ocoee region; Hiwassee River Heritage Center and the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, a museum honoring the life of Sequoyah, creator of the Cherokee writing system – just to name a few. When in Nashville, enjoy a drink at Neon Moon Coffee, a Native American-owned shop committed to uplifting Indigenous communities.
Visit Native California Platform will Inspire Travelers to Discover Wonders of Golden State’s Native Lands and Cultural Heritage Experiences
New initiative led by state’s tourism promotion organization supported by coalition of tribes across California
State officials and tribal leaders joined Visit California in unveiling a new statewide initiative designed to showcase California’s vibrant Native communities and cultural tourism experiences to travelers from around the world. The announcement was made at the site of the future Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza in downtown Palm Springs. “Visit California is honored to create a platform that showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Native Americans who have called this place home for thousands of years,” Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta said. “We’re committed to partnering with California’s tribes and creating spaces to uplift and honor their voices, communities and cultures.” Home to more than 100 federally recognized tribes, California’s Native culture is woven into the fabric of its communities. Visit Native California will be a vital source of information on all of the cultural tourism experiences visitors can find across the state — including museums and cultural centers, outdoor experiences like hiking and boating, restaurants, tasting rooms and so much more. Visit Native California is funded by a federal grant awarded as part of the American Rescue Plan Act to help the communities hardest hit by the pandemic. The grant earmarks $1 million to increase awareness of and travel to the state’s cultural heritage tourism experiences. The funding will allow Visit California to create and share stories on the Visit Native California platform, which will be housed online at Stories will celebrate the spirit and diversity of California’s people and promote visitation to tribes’ cultural heritage tourism experiences. Native storytellers will help expand the California Responsible Travel Code’s emphasis on preserving the state’s cultural heritage and natural resources, while bolstering the people who provide and promote Native experiences across the state. “As the state with the highest population of Native Americans, and one of the nation’s leading tourism destinations, California is poised to drastically boost national Native tourism promotion and interest with this undertaking,” said Sherry Rupert, CEO of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. “We’ve seen the economic benefits that come from uniting under a common banner, but more importantly we see the power of cultural tourism to support preservation and perpetuation of our culture. This is a tremendous opportunity for California’s tribes.”The site of the announcement at the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza was a symbolic nod to what is expected to be a jewel in the crown of California’s vast offerings of Native experiences. Expected to open in spring 2023, the plaza will feature the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, the Spa at Séc-he and an outdoor Oasis Trail. “The Agua Caliente people have been deeply dedicated to bringing California’s tribal nations together to promote our shared history and a bright future that we’re eager to share with our California family and visitors alike,” Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Chairman Reid D. Milanovich said. Tribal leaders from across California joined statewide officials and national Native advocates in announcing the Visit Native California platform, and sharing with journalists a sampling of the state’s vast array of offerings. The Yurok Tribe in Northern California, for instance, maintains its territory in the majestic redwood forest and coastline, as well as the Klamath River. The tribe operates a busy Visitors Center in Klamath, and leads tours of the river in jet boats and dugout redwood canoes. For more information about Visit California and for a free California Official State Visitor’s Guide, go to
The YMCA of the Rockies Is Working to Diversify the Outdoors
Nestled atop the Colorado Rockies are two properties that exemplify the majesty of the great outdoors. Estes Park, seventy miles from Denver, features 860-acres of mountains with accommodations ideal for weekend getaways and features hiking, fishing, roller-skating and more. Snow Mountain, comprised of 5,100 acres, is a wonderland situated near Granby Colorado and is renowned for its Nordic winter sports. What is most unique about Estes Park and Snow Mountain Ranch are their affiliation with the YMCA, specifically, the YMCA of the Rockies, an organization that promotes a ‘healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.’ Underscoring “for all” is the YMCA of the Rockies’ commitment to the principles of inclusion as evidenced by its current efforts to connect both properties with diverse communities of color. To lead this initiative deeply rooted in its mission, the YMCA of the Rockies tapped sales veteran Dzidra Junior, a hospitality expert, and past president of travel and tourism association, the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals, who moved to Colorado from a sales leadership position at the MGM in Las Vegas to take on the challenge. “What drew me to the YMCA of the Rockies was not only its extraordinary beauty, but its purpose-driven desire to diversify the outdoors by cultivating underserved markets,” said Dzidra Junior, Vice President, Business Development. “It’s been rewarding to put the YMCA’s ‘for all’ commitment into action.” The YMCA of the Rockies’ “for all” commitment is evidenced in its focus on multicultural marketing strategies by hiring the Marketing/PR agency, L.A.I. Communications, who has an expertise in reaching communities of color. The agency is leading the Y’s outreach to BIPOC organizations, travel influencers, and outdoor enthusiasts of color. For more information on the YMCA of the Rockies, visit
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Multicultural Travel News newsletter (MTN) covers travel news of interest to ethnic and niche travelers and those who market to them. We write about destinations that interest multicultural travelers or have outreach campaigns to travelers of Hispanic, African American, Asian American and other cultural backgrounds; women; LGBT travelers and people with disabilities.

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