2022 Mother Tongue Film Festival: I Ka Wā Ma Mua, I Ka Wā Ma Hope / Through the Past Is the Future

February 17, 2022

The ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi proverb i ka wā ma mua, i ka wā ma hope (through the past is the future) evokes an awareness that our ancestors provide us with a […]

2022 Mother Tongue Film Festival: Opening Night and “Bootlegger” U.S. Premiere


Following opening remarks from Smithsonian organizers, the festival’s first screening presents the U.S. premiere of Caroline Monnet’s debut feature film Bootlegger alongside the world premiere of Ixim Ulew, the latest […]

Wampanoag Celebration

February 1, 2022

Watch members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), both of Massachusetts, as they share their culture and history in a virtual celebration of […]

Downtowner: Kitten for POTUS? Dennis Owen R.I.P., Staff Shortages

January 12, 2022

Crumbs & Whiskers to President Biden: How About a Kitten? With the news of President Biden’s new German Shepherd puppy Commander at the White House, Georgetown’s kitten and cat café, Crumbs […]

Smithsonian Focuses on the Future with New Exhibit (photos)

November 21, 2021

The Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building came back to life on Saturday Nov. 20 with “Futures,” an exhibition scheduled to run until July 6, 2022. It will be part of […]

Smithsonian’s New “FUTURES” Will Blast Through the Space-Time Continuum to Open Saturday, Nov. 20

November 20, 2021

Smithsonian’s New “FUTURES” Will Blast Through the Space-Time Continuum to Open Saturday, Nov. 20 First Major Exploration of the Future on the National Mall to Launch With ‘FUTURES Remixed’ Festival, […]

Weekend Round Up: Nov. 18 – 21 

November 18, 2021

The joyful season is well underway with so many delightful options for the weekend. The Washington Harbour Ice Rink has re-opened, the Downtown Holiday Market is opening, brunch on Hotel […]

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

October 28, 2021

Oct. 28, On demand americanindian.si.edu/calendar To celebrate Día de los Muertos, the museum will showcase two unique Day of the Dead traditions: figural sugar work and papier-mâché arts. The Mondragón […]

Día de los Muertos celebration (Day of the Dead)


In recorded presentations by two renowned Mexican families, the museum showcases two traditions central to Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos): the art of making figures from sugar […]

Smithsonian Virtual Craft Show

October 23, 2021

The 2021 Smithsonian Craft Show will be held virtually from October 23 to October 31. Originally scheduled in-person for October, the craft show will now be online due to health […]