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WASHINGTON The National Museum of the American Indian in the nation's capital has released its schedule for the month of September. If you will be in Washington on any of these dates, don't miss the opportunity to visit and attend these events and exhibits.
September 7-8 & 28-29 Saturday & Sunday
Storytelling Workshop with Jorge Porrata (Taíno)
11:00 am & 1:30 pm
imagiNATIONS Activity Center, 3rd level
Join Taíno artist Jorge Porrata as he shares stories based on Mayan folktales. A clay-sculpting workshop with the artist will follow the storytelling program. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are required for the craft portion of the workshop. Free tickets will be available in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Groups must be registered beforehand.
September 8 - Sunday
Symposium: Revealing Central America
10:30 am - 4:15 pm
Join the Smithsonian Latino Center and the National Museum of the American Indian for a symposium to celebrate the exhibition Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed. This program features leading voices in the interpretation and recovery of the region's rich indigenous heritage, including scholars:
Rosemary A. Joyce (University of California, Berkeley),
John Hoopes (Kansas University) ,
Fabio Amador(National Geographic) ,
Victor Montejo (Jakaltek Maya; University of California, Davis, emeritus),
Georgina Hernández (founder, Museo de la Palabra y Memoria, El Salvador),
Francisco Ulloa-Corrales (National Museum of Costa Rica), as well as
musician and cultural worker James Lovell (Garifuna), and the
Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States, Muni Fígueres.
A book signing of the new publication Revealing Ancestral Central America will follow the symposium. Attendees may reserve a free copy by emailing Ranald Woodaman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 14 - Saturday
Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central American Family Day
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Potomac Atrium and various museum locations
Featuring artists Evelyn Orantes and Joaquin Newman, this festival kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month and explores the museum's ongoing exhibition, Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed. Learn about Central America through food demonstrations by the museum's Mitsitam Cafe. Create a clay medallion or clay pot based on designs found in the museum's collection. Enjoy a Maya pottery-inspired dance performance by Aval.
Learn about the creations of Carlos Chaclan, a Quiche Maya artist from Guatemala who specializes in recreating pre-Hispanic musical clay wind instruments. Learn about traditional Maya-made pigments and tools. Create your own Mayan-inspired art using ancient Mayan glyphs and contemporary symbols to tell your own story!
September 21 - Saturday
CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band
Outdoor Welcome Plaza
C. J. Chenier is the Creole son of the Grammy-award winning Clifton "King of Zydeco" Chenier. Following his father's footsteps, he now leads his father's band as an accordion performer and singer of Zydeco, a blend of Cajun and Creole music. Zydeco is the music of Southwest Louisiana's Black Creoles, a group of people of mixed African, Afro-Caribbean, Native American and European descent. Put on your dancing shoes and join us for the museum's 9th anniversary celebration!
September 21 - 22 Saturday & Sunday
Storytelling Workshop with Grayhawk Perkins (Choctaw/Houma)
11:00 am & 2:00 pm
imagiNATIONS Activity Center, 3rd level
Families with children are invited to experience a dynamic storytelling program with New Orleans-born Grayhawk Perkins. Grayhawk is a well-known cultural figure in Louisiana. He works as an educator, historian, and a musician, teaching music, history, writing, and environmental studies to students from Pre-K to college level. He has been a solo performer for young audiences for more than fifteen years. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are required for the craft portion of the workshop. Free tickets will be available in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center.
posted August 31, 2013 11:57 am edt