Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in D.C.
November is Native American Heritage Month, and there are plenty of ways to commemorate this year's theme of "Celebrating Tribal Sovereignty and Identity" around D.C.
The big picture: The D.C. area has rich Native American history — it sits on Piscataway, Anacostan, and Pamunkey land, and Indigenous people once fished near Great Falls and lived on Theodore Roosevelt Island.
- However, today only 0.7% of D.C. residents identify as American Indian or Alaska Native alone.
Here are some local ways to celebrate and learn about Native culture:
Check out an event at the National Museum of the American Indian:
- Saturday: Catch composer Raven Chacon in conversation with fellow creatives like former poet laureate Joy Harjo.
- Nov. 24: Learn about the history of the Jingle Dress Dance and watch performances.
Attend a host of other Smithsonian happenings:
- Saturday: Head to the American History Museum to hear chef Mariah Gladstone discuss Indigenous people using traditional food and land practices for sustainability.
- Nov. 16: Tune into an American Art Museum-hosted convo between artists Geo Neptune and Lily Hope and Darienne Turner, the Brooklyn Museum of Art's curator of Indigenous art.
Head to D.C.'s public libraries for events:
- Saturday: Visit the Lamond-Riggs library to hear author Carole Lindstrom discuss her picture book about Indigenous rights activists, "Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior."
- Nov. 18: The Mt. Pleasant library will host a celebration featuring a dive into Piscataway history, and readings from books by Indigenous writers.
See some art:
- The Renwick is currently displaying over 50 pieces by six Indigenous artists as part of its series showcasing emerging contemporary artists.
- "The Land Carries Our Ancestors," now on display at the National Gallery of Art, exhibits the work of almost 50 living Native artists.
Go on a self-guided walking tour:
- Guide to Indigenous D.C. explains the Indigenous history and connections at local sites, including Dumbarton Bridge and the Iwo Jima Memorial. The app and website were developed by AU assistant professor Elizabeth Rule, a Chickasaw Nation member.
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that Darienne Turner is the Brooklyn Museum of Art's curator of Indigenous art, and no longer the Baltimore Museum of Art's assistant curator of Indigenous art.
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