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Celebration of Native American Veterans
September 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0Free
Celebrate the upcoming National Native American Veterans Memorial opening in November 2020 through the variety of programs and activities at the National Museum of the American Indian.
• Children’s Activities
10 a.m.–5 p.m. | imagiNATIONS Activity Center | Level 3
Children can learn more about the National Native American Veterans Memorial hands-on by coloring a patriotic agamograph inspired by the design of the memorial. Agamographs are paintings or drawings that when viewed from different angles, reveal different images.
• Honoring Our Heroes
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30–4 p.m. | Potomac Atrium | Level 1
Get a close-up look at the memorial’s design and symbolism from a hands-on replica. Learn more about the enduring, distinguished service of Native Americans in the
U.S. Armed Forces.
• Drum Group
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.| Potomac Atrium | Level 1
Enjoy a song and hand-drum performance by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Singers.
• Patriot Nations Tour with Curator Herman Viola
12 p.m. | Rooms 4018/4019 | Level 4
Join a tour of the museum’s traveling exhibition Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces, led by curator Herman Viola. Learn about the remarkable history of brave American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian men and women who have served in the U.S. military.
• Americans Tour with Curators Cécile R. Ganteaume and Paul Chaat Smith
1 p.m. | Americans Gallery | Level 3
American Indian images, names and stories are everywhere in American history and contemporary life. The award-winning exhibition Americans highlights the ways in which Native Americans have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began. This tour focuses on the use of American Indian imagery in the U.S. Armed Forces.
• Conversation with Harvey Pratt, Memorial Designer
2:30 p.m. | Rasmuson Theater | Level 1
Join a conversation between Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes), designer of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, and Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian. The two discuss the importance of this memorial and the vision for its design.
Image credit: Design by Harvey Pratt/Butzer Architects and Urbanism, illustration by Skyline Ink, courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.