National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present, and future—through partnership with Native people and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary Native life.

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TELLING THE AMERICAN STORY (SPRING LOTTERY)
Presented by: The National Museum of the American Indian
The American story is profoundly shaped by American Indian history, yet the stories told about American Indians are often false and almost always incomplete. Listening to and telling stories are ways we acquire information and relay our values. By experiencing stories about the first Thanksgiving, Pocahontas, and the Battle of Little Bighorn, students will reflect on what makes a good story, why it matters who tells the story, and how the way stories are shared determines what we remember. This interactive program will explore possibilities for retelling stories and remedying myths about American Indians.
Dates: 4/2, 4/9, 4/20, 4/27, 5/1, 5/4, 5/8, 5/11, 5/23, 5/25, 5/31, 6/1, 6/5, 6/7, 6/8
Time: 10:15 and 11:30
Length of Event: 60 minutes
Location: National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.
Discipline:  Humanities
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity
Appropriate Grade Levels: 4th – 12th
Ticket capacity 50 per date. Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.

 for "Telling the American Story"


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POWERFUL IMAGES, POWERFUL WORDS
Presented by: The National Museum of the American Indian
 
American Indians represent less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, yet names and images of Indians are everywhere. Why? The Americans exhibition explores this question through three enduring stories- the life of Pocahontas, the Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn - showing that Americans have always been fascinated, conflicted, and profoundly shaped by their relationship to American Indians. Students will explore the ways in which Indian names and images--both historical and contemporary --continue to shape how we think about American Indians. 
Date: 1/25, 1/26, 2/2, 2/22, 2/23, 3/2, 3/23
Time: 10:15am and 11:30 am 
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: National Museum of the American Indian
4th St SW & Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560
Discipline: Arts Learning-Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History, Civics, Diversity, Visual Arts
Grades: 4-12
Ticket capacity: 60 per event. 

(Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

 for Powerful Images, Powerful Words

 

Professional Development Workshops

WHY DO TREATIES MATTER
Presented by: National Museum of the American Indian
Join the National Museum of the American Indian and the Zinn Education Project to uncover engaging approaches to connect content from the exhibition Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations to your classroom curriculum. Participants will discuss the power of word choice and engage in related concepts, such as Westward Expansion from American Indian perspectives. Teachers will see a lesson plan in action, explore primary and secondary sources, and share classroom strategies to uncover the connections between historical treaties and their relevance today.
Dates: 3/17/18
Time: 9:30AM-2:30PM
Length of Event: 5 hours
Location: National Museum of the American Indian
4th St SW & Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560
Discipline/Focus: Arts Learning- Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography, Civics & Law, Diversity
Grades: Teachers grades 9th-12th
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 20 Educators, DC Collaborative will cover the cost of the workshop

 


Teachers playing Stone People game at National Museum of the Amierican Indain DC, which helps develop memory, spatial organizing and storytellig abilities. August, 2014. Photo by Katherine Fogden.

 


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TEACHING BEYOND FOOD, CLOTHING AND SHELTER: FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURES
Presented by: National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present, and future—through partnership with Native people and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary Native life.
Dates: 10/21/17
Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: National Museum of the American Indian
4th St SW & Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560
Discipline/Focus: Informational, Humanities Learning- Literary Arts, Civics/ Social Studies, Other- Anti-bias curriculum and uncerstanding what makes an effective Native American book or art activity for the classroom
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography, Diversity
Grades: Teachers grades 2nd and 4th
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 20 Educators

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