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).