These live and interactive programs introduce educators to NK360° and its extensive resources. Webinars and onsite programs are designed to support education professionals in learning approaches to incorporate more complete narratives about Native American histories, cultures, and contemporary lives into their teaching. View recorded webinars.

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Becoming a Native Knowledge 360° Educator: Teaching More Complete Narratives about American Indians

June 6, 2023

7–8:15 PM ET

Free. Registration required.

The final professional development session of this four-part series brings participants closer to becoming well-rounded Native Knowledge 360° educators. Using objects from the museum's collection, teachers explore how the works of contemporary Native Americans reveal more complete narratives about Indigenous peoples and the legacy of American Indian contributions to the modern world. They will study primary sources, including contemporary Native literature and a remarkable jingle dress made of paper, to learn how to bring the museum's online resources into their classrooms. The session also emphasizes ways to teach students about the resilience of Native nations today.

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Shelley Niro (Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan, b. 1956), The Rebel, 1987. Hand-tinted gelatin silver print. Collection of the artist.
New York, NY

Chancellor's Day Teacher Professional Development with Mohawk Artist Shelley Niro

June 8, 2023

8:30 AM–3 PM ET

Free. Registration required.

Join the Education Department of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York for a full-day professional development program with multidisciplinary artist Shelley Niro (Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan). This program is offered in conjunction with the opening of her first major retrospective exhibition, Shelley Niro: 500 Year Itch.

Shelley Niro: 500 Year Itch celebrates more than a half century of Niro's paintings, photographs, mixed-media works, and films. Accessible, often humorous, and peppered with references to popular culture, her art digs deep into the timeless cultural knowledge and generational histories of her Six Nations Kanyen'kehá:ka (Mohawk) community to provide purpose and healing.

All attendees will receive certificates of participation. New York State public school teachers are eligible to receive CTLE credit. A light breakfast will be provided.

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Hamilton with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and with curatorial support from the National Gallery of Canada. Major support for the project is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative Pool. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council..

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Boarding School image: Evidence Kit | The Pawnee Treaties ( Caption: NK 360° Pawnee Treaty Lesson, lllustration by Maria Wolf Lopez, colors by Michael Sheyahshe.

NK360° Summer Series: Selecting Indigenous Images for Your Classroom

July 11 & 18, 2023


Free. Registration required.

This webinar will examine why commonly used imagery and language about Native peoples are detrimental to student understanding of Native histories and cultures. Join celebrated Native American contemporary graphic artists Michael Sheyahshe (Caddo) and Dr. Lee Francis IV (Laguna Pueblo) in conversation with Supervisory Curator Jennifer Shannon. They will discuss the challenges of navigating entrenched stereotyped images and how they use graphic novels to combat preconceived notions of Indigenous people. The dynamic work of Sheyahshe and Francis is featured in both the museum's permanent exhibition Native New York and Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) online classroom lessons. As part of the webinar, teachers will explore how to use these award-winning artists' NK360° imagery as well as their graphic novel and comic book art in the classroom.