As a public health precaution, the museums in Washington, DC, and New York, NY, are temporarily closed.

The Power of Native Voice

A series of virtual programs

Upcoming Programs



Feb
6–28
portrait of Robert Lewis

Art of Storytelling: Featuring Robert Lewis (Cherokee Nation)

Experience storytelling with Robert Lewis (Cherokee Nation), who shares stories of his people and culture. This program is prerecorded and available on demand in February through the NMAI YouTube Channel.

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Feb
13–28
Portrait of Moses Goods sitting on a stage

Art of Storytelling: Featuring Moses Goods (Native Hawaiian)

Moses Goods (Native Hawaiian) is one of Hawai'i's most prominent theater artists and storytellers. Moses shares traditional Hawaiian stories with a contemporary twist, including one featuring the legendary trickster Maui. This program is prerecorded and available on demand in February through the NMAI YouTube Channel.

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Feb
20–28
Gene Tagaban performing in the NMAI Potomac Atrium

Art of Storytelling: Featuring Gene Tagaban (Tlingit)

Gene Tagaban (Tlingit), also known as “One Crazy Raven,” is a teller of stories that teach, entertain, and heal. Gene regales listeners with stories from his grandmother about the trickster Raven. This program is prerecorded and available on demand in February through the NMAI YouTube Channel.

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Feb
21–
May
31
Mother Tongue Film Festival poster

Mother Tongue Film Festival

The Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world, highlighting the crucial role languages play in our daily lives. This year, the festival will be hosted entirely online.

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Feb
27–28
Potrait of Kevin Noble Maillard

Art of Storytelling: Featuring Kevin Noble Maillard (Mekusukey Band of the Seminole Nation)

Kevin Noble Maillard (Mekusukey Band of the Seminole Nation) is originally from Oklahoma. A professor and journalist who regularly contributes to the New York Times, Maillard reads his award-winning debut book for youth, Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, and will demonstrate his cooking skills by making some fry bread. This program is prerecorded and available on demand in February through the NMAI YouTube Channel.

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Mar
18
Kevin and Valerie Pourier (Oglala Lakota), Winyan Wánakikśin (Women Defenders of Others), 2018. Buffalo horn belt, 27/215. Photo, NMAI

Youth in Action: Native Women Making Change

What roles do Indigenous women uphold in society today that serve both their communities and our society at large? Watch on demand a conversation with Aidan Graybill (Wyandot) and Christina Haswood (Diné [Navajo]), two young Native women who are currently working at local and state levels to make change.

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Apr
8
Portrait of activist Zitkála-Šá/Gertrude Simmons Bonnin and a 19th century Carlisle Indian Industrial School student uniform.

In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

What is the connection between a desire for recognition of one’s culture and activism for equity? We will explore questions of identity and assimilation in relation to a portrait of activist Zitkála-Šá/Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (Yankton Sioux), an outspoken critic of Indian boarding schools, and a 19th century Carlisle Indian Industrial School student uniform.

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Apr
9–30
Portrait of National Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Indigenous Poetry: Resilience

Reflecting on months filled with tribulations, indigenous poets offer inspiration as they recite poems on resilience. Celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry reading from Indigenous poets including National Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (Muskogee/Creek), Kealoha Wong (Native Hawaiian), Natalia Diaz (Akimel O’Odham) and Jamaica Osorio (Native Hawaiian). This program is prerecorded and will be available on demand.

Apr
22–25
Landscape with bright green grass and clouds in the share of continents

Living Earth Virtual Festival: The Business of Agriculture in Indian Country

This online experience will stream on demand over four days and will be available after that on the museum’s YouTube channel. Presentations will include exploring agriculture trends, innovations, and sustainability in Native communities with a focus on Native agricultural businesses.

Apr
22–25
Smiling young woman sitting on the ground in front of mountains

Youth in Action: Sustainable Agriculture

In celebration of Earth Day, join young Indigenous activists to discuss the role traditional ecological knowledge plays in their work as young farmers and entrepreneurs.

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May
20
Young people paddling in a canoe

Youth in Action: Ecological Knowledge in Pacific Coastal Communities

Join us in conversation with young Indigenous activists from across the Pacific who are using traditional ecological practices to combat threats to the ocean resources their communities have protected and thrived on for thousands of years.

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