Bring the whole family to the Smithsonian’s kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!
This festival is inspired by the exhibition, "Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed," which was co-organized by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center. Learn more about Central America through food demonstrations by the museum’s Mitsitam Cafe and learn to make and wrap your own tamal. Take a closer look at the animals, flutes and pottery in the museum’s latest exhibition and create a clay medallion or clay pot based on designs found in the museum’s collection. Enjoy a Maya pottery inspired dance performance by Aval.Enjoy the creations of Carlos Chaclan and Ranferi Aguilar, Quiche Maya artists from Guatemala who specialize in recreating pre-Hispanic musical wind instruments. Learn about how Mayan artists made pigments (colors) and tools using things found in nature. Use ancient Mayan symbols and contemporary symbols to create your own Mayan inspired art and tell the story of you! Featuring Evelyn Orantes and Joaquin Newman.
This program received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Other partners, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.
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National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.
The National Museum of the American Indian operates three facilities. The museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., offers exhibition galleries and spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, and education. The George Gustav Heye Center (GGHC) in New York City houses exhibitions, research, educational activities, and performing arts programs. The Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland, Maryland, houses the museum's collections as well as the conservation, repatriation, and digital imaging programs, and research facilities. The NMAI's off-site outreach efforts, often referred to as the "fourth museum," include websites, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.
Since the passage of its enabling legislation in 1989 (amended in 1996), the NMAI has been steadfastly committed to bringing Native voices to what the museum writes and presents, whether on-site at one of the three NMAI venues, through the museum's publications, or via the Internet. The NMAI is also dedicated to acting as a resource for the hemisphere's Native communities and to serving the greater public as an honest and thoughtful conduit to Native cultures—present and past—in all their richness, depth, and diversity.