Symposium will be held at the Rasmuson Theatre located near the South Entrance on the First Level
Join the Smithsonian Latino Center and the National Museum of the American Indian for a symposium to celebrate the current exhibition Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed. This program features leading voices in the interpretation and recovery of the region’s rich indigenous heritage:
• 10:30 AM: Welcome
• 10:45 AM: "What Archeology Reveals about Central America’s Past" with Rosemary A. Joyce (University of California, Berkeley)
• 11:30 AM: "Interethnic Relations and Multicultural Landscapes in Ancestral Central America" with John Hoopes (Kansas University)
• 12:15 PM: Break
• 1:30 PM: "Indigenous Heritage in Central America Today" with Victor Montejo (Jakaltek Maya; professor emeritus, University of California, Davis), James Lovell (Garífuna; independent cultural worker), and Georgina Hernández (founder, Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen, El Salvador)
• 1:30 PM: Break
• 2:45 PM: "Preserving Central America’s Patrimony" with Muni Fígueres (Ambassador of Costa Rica), Fabio Amador (National Geographic), Francisco Ulloa-Corrales (National Museum of Costa Rica), and Rosemary A. Joyce
• 3:30 PM: Closing Remarks
• 3:45-4:15 PM: Book signing: Revealing Ancestral Central America with editor Rosemary A. Joyce. Reserve a free copy by emailing Ranald Woodaman at email@example.com.
Greater Nicoya female figure on a feline-effigy bench, AD 800–1200
Linea Vieja area, Costa Rica
Pottery, clay slip, paint
Formerly in the collection of Carlos S. Balser; MAI exchange with William Hawker, 1959. 24 x 19 x 12.5 cm (22/8837)
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.