This annual festival celebrates indigenous contributions to environmental sustainability, knowledge, and activism. Tribally-owned food cooperatives discuss sustainability and local farmers offer produce, meat, and traditional American Indian foods in an outdoor farmers’ market, while local and Native chefs compete in an Iron Chef-style cook-off.
Speakers and presenters include the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tribal EcoAmbassadors from the Tohono O’odham Nation and Navajo Nation, speaking on grassroots efforts they are making to reduce their carbon footprint and provide housing for their local community.
Attend a sculpting workshop led by Lisan Tiger Blair (Mvskoke Creek) in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center, join Victoria Vazquez (Cherokee Nation) in a pottery demonstration, see amazing beadwork by Peggy Fontenot (Potawatomi), and enjoy an outdoor cooking demonstration by Patricia Alexander (Pawnee/Creek) or a cheese-making demonstration by Nancy Coonridge.
Photo by by SI staffer Marc Bretzfelder.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
No age limit, we welcome all ages.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is street meter parking available. However, we recommend public transporation. L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow lines), exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums. Bus Lines 30, 32, 34–36—Friendship Heights/Southern Avenue.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you do not have to bring your ticket. We prefer you not to print your ticket to save trees. This festival celebrates Earth, so let us save paper.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
It is okay, it is a free event open to the public.
When & Where
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.