Explore history through a hands-on art experience led by Betty Gaedtke. Gaedtke will lead participants through the construction of their own pottery vessel, while speaking on the methodology, shapes and designs traditional to Quapaw pottery and its history within the Quapaw tribe.
The Museum of Native American History is proud to present Mvskoke Creek (Muscogee Creek) artist, Johnnie Diacon, in a special Creative Visions for kids. This workshop will delve into a traditional Native painting style that is known to the Five Civilized Tribes: Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole. Participants will have a chance in this hands-on workshop to learn about the style of painting and create their very own Flat-Style piece of art. This workshop is geared to kids aged six to fifteen.
Join Steven Paul Judd as we join together to create a mosaic painting. In this step-by-step workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work together to create a one-of-a-kind painting and take home your individual contribution. Kiowa and Choctaw artist Steven Paul Judd has been in the creative field for many years working to provide a unique perspective on and from within Native American culture today.
Chef Simon Brown will join traditional medicine maker Felicia Ruiz and Mark Ford of Partnership with Native Americans in a candid discussion about ‘What is Food?’. The conversation will be an exploration of how cultural practices around food and eating have shifted, where we now view food as a commodity, and how we can seize the opportunity to practice mindfulness, gratitude and camaraderie.
Considered to be one of the greatest religious thinkers of the 20th Century, Vine Deloria Jr. changed the face of Indian Country and influenced generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Americans. In 2018, Wes Studi, Bobby Bridger, Phillip Deloria, John Inmon and Kevin Locke joined forces to create Indigenous Audio Books.”Indigenous Oral History” will explore the works of Deloria, Jr., his impact on modern Native America, and the creation of a new platform to celebrate Indigenous writers and thinkers.
The Sunday Benefit Brunch will be the featured event of Sunday, brought to you by Flintco and BlakeSt. With a performance by the Cherokee Indian Baptist Choir, guests will be invited to dine on delicious food prepared by BlakeSt’s Executive Chef, Simon Brown, listen to live music and learn about the work of Partnership With Native Americans, their new campaign, and food sovereignty. During the brunch, guests are encouraged to explore the silent auction with a number of items up for grabs. As the only paid-ticket event of the celebration, all proceeds from the event will benefit Partnership With Native Americans and their on-going work to help build strong, self-sufficient Native American Communities.
Join MONAH as we welcome celebrated Cherokee Actor Wes Studi. “An Evening with Wes Studi” will detail Studi’s journey from small-town Oklahoma native, through his beginnings with the American Indian Theater Company, to internationally acclaimed actor who, this year, receive an honorary Academy Award. Studi will be joined by JR Mathews, of the American Indain Theater Company and former Chairman of the Quapaw Nation, and Steven Paul Judd, writer and director of the short film Ronnie BoDean, starring Wes Studi.
Earth Guardians Think Tank: Youth Inspiring Solutionaries is an incredible opportunity for aspiring and experienced earth protectors from Northwest Arkansas! You are invited to learn from an experienced panel of Indigenous Youth from all around the country who represent a diverse range of experiences, lifestyles, and viewpoints. Solutionarians, like yourself, will gather together to identify environmental problems in the area and the steps it will take to fix them as a community.
In this discussion, Mark Ford of Partnership with Native Americans and medicine maker Felicia Ruiz will highlight the history of food as medicine in Native cultures and how colonization affected Native American health and diet. Mark and Felicia will also discuss the modern movement of Native communities to return to traditional and ancestral foods and ways that the food sovereignty is being practiced today in Indian Country. In addition to the presentation, there will also be food samples available at the end!
Oral history is a powerfully enduring aspect of the Earth's indigenous cultures. Now we are experiencing the first generation of people who might be referred to as "Indigitous" -or citizens of global cultures who have spent their entire lives as natives in the digital world of cyberspace. Audiobooks have now become the format upon which to gather, express, and perpetuate the oral history of these natives of cyberspace. In coordination with Fulcrum Publishing, America's foremost publisher of contemporary Indigenous authors, Indigenous Audiobooks mission is to provide a platform for contemporary indigenous authors to produce, record and distribute audiobooks and spoken word materials. Bobby Bridger, of Indigenous Audiobooks, Sam Scinta, of Fulcrum Press, and Joseph Bruchac, a prolific Native American author will discuss the diversity and breadth of Indigenous thought and culture in the 21st century.
In this medicine-making workshop designed for young adults (13 – 17), participants will learn how to incorporate aromatic remedies into their daily lives for the relief of anxiety and stress. Teens will have the opportunity to learn how sacred aromatics are a great way to take their health and happiness into their own hands.
Join us at MONAH for the next installment of Creative Visions: Sticker Making with Steven Paul Judd! Kiowa and Choctaw artist Steven Paul Judd has been in the creative field for many years working to provide a unique perspective on and from within Native American culture today. During this drop-in event, Steven will take you through creating your own stickers, whether inspired by his work or your own imagination!
Join MONAH for a very special Storytime at the Museum and Earth Guardians for Kids, as we learn about the Lakota tale of the Sasquatch. Following the story, there will be a fun activity! Storytime at the Museum is geared toward kids aged six and up. Kids of all ages and their adults are welcome.
The Opening Ceremony begins the third annual Native American Cultural Celebration: Tradition through Pop Culture. The evening will feature the presentation of presenters of the celebration, live music, food, traditional dancing from the Jones Benally Family, Navajo Punk Band Sihasin, and will have representatives from the Native people of Arkansas: the Caddo, Osage, and Quapaw.
In July of this year, MONAH was honored to have three new murals painted on the wall of the museum. Now is your chance to meet the artist! J. NiCole Hatfield (Commanche/Kiowa) will be at MONAH to officially dedicate the new installations, speak on her work, and chat about the subjects of her murals, Maria Tallchief, Chief Joseph, and Indigenous Goddess #9.
Natural, homemade salves are a wonderful way to use the healing properties of indigenous herbs for addressing minor first aid situations such as burns, cuts, and scrapes. Learn how traditional medicines have been used for generations and how they can be a great addition to any natural medicine cabinet.
Partnership with Native Americans will host a Press Conference at the Museum of Native American History, Friday, October 5th, 2019. This is a PRIVATE, PRESS ONLY event.
Join us at MONAH for the next installment of Creative Visions: Stop-Motion Animation with Steven Paul Judd! Kiowa and Choctaw artist Steven Paul Judd has been in the creative field for many years working to provide a unique perspective on and from within Native American culture today. During this drop-in event, learn about stop-motion animation and have the chance to make your own stop-motion animation video!
Medicinal plants are growing all around us. How can we use them for a good night’s sleep? In this medicine-making workshop designed for elders, participants will learn how to use sacred plants to make an anointing salve for sleep and begin building their own indigenous nighttime ritual.
The Museum of Native American History (MONAH) is excited to host Native Conversations: An Introduction to the Cherokee Language with Travis Wolfe at 5:30 PM, Saturday, September 14, 2019. This event invites guests to learn the foundations of the Cherokee Language. Wolfe, a certified Cherokee Language expert, will walk participants through rules and structures of the Cherokee Language. By the end of the workshop, guests will have learned more about the history of the Cherokee and foundational information to speak the language themselves!
The Museum of Native American History (MONAH) is proud to present our own Kelli McCain Nixon (Quapaw) for a special edition of Creative Visions… for kids! Creative Visions for Kids: Quapaw-StylePottery will be held Saturday, July 27, at 10:00 AM. Nixon will lead participants through the construction of their own pottery vessel, while speaking on the methodology, shapes, and designs traditional to Quapaw pottery and its history within the Quapaw tribe
Join MONAH for a Wes Studi Film night, featuring Geronimo: An American Legend, SATURDAY, July 20th, at 6:00 PM as a preview event for our Native American Cultural Celebration. Chairs are available, but feel free to bring your own bean bag or comfy chairs for an evening of fun and film.
MONAH is honored to host Matriarch as part of our Native Conversations and Creative Visions series on SATURDAY, JUNE 22.
Matriarch promotes the social welfare of Native women through education, community building, and direct services to create positive change within our communities.
Guests will be invited to understand more about Native life and traditions through a hands-on Creative Visions Workshop. As a part of Native culture, handkerchiefs have been used as an awareness tool and will be utilized in a one of a kind workshop that will reveal their use in Indigenous culture, both historical and contemporary. The workshop will be held at 3 PM. Registration is required.
The Matriarch women will then perform a spoken word performance, speaking to each letter of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, their personal connection to the subject, and statistics on MMIW. Each woman brings her own unique style of performance that incorporates their Indigenous languages and culture. The performance will be held at 5:30 PM. Registration is encouraged, but NOT required.
The Museum of Native American History (MONAH) and House of Songs is proud to present Walter Echo-Hawk and Gerald Torres for “Native Conversations: A Rare Conversation Between Two Earth Protectors” to be held Friday, June 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM. This event invites participants to sit down with two accomplished authorities in race theory, environmental law, and federal Indian Law. The evening will be complemented by music from Watertown’s Jamie Lou and Garrett Brolund, with Gerald Torres on blues harmonica, and solutions to our ever changing climate. The evenings discussion topics will cover history, cultural stories and solutions to our ever changing climate.