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American Indian Cultural Celebration

Performances and Activities FREE and Open to the Public

Opening Ceremony starts 10:15 a.m.
Join us as Kansas City celebrates the vibrant cultural and artistic expressions of Native Americans, featuring the Haskell Indian Nations University Dancers, art activities, storytelling, games, and demonstrations.

Timed Programs:
Opening Program
–11:30 a.m. | Kirkwood Hall, Nelson-Atkins Building
Experience the Grand Entry of the Haskell Indian Nations University Veteran’s Color Guard. Diverse styles of Native American dance performed by students from Haskell Indian Nations University*. Drum music by Tha Tribe. Enjoy Cherokee songs performed by Diamond Rock and flute songs by Lakota musician Ron Brave. Joseph Tessay & The Cibecue Apache Crowndance Group from Arizona will perform with live music.

*More than 150 Native cultures are represented in the student body of Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas.

Performance by Kevin Locke
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m., 1–1:45 p.m. & 3–3:45 p.m.
Atkins Auditorium, Lobby Level, Nelson-Atkins Building
Lakota storytelling, flute performance, and Hoop Dance by Kevin Locke (Lakota and Anishinaabe) from Bloomington, Indiana. Locke is a world renowned performer, having traveled to over 80 countries. Hoop Dance is described as a form of prayer and continual well-being, and Locke incorporates 28 hoops in his intricate dance.

Apache Dance, and Lakota Flute Song & Storytelling
12:30–1:10 & 2:30–3:10 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall, Nelson-Atkins Building
Watch Joseph Tessay & The Cibeque Apache Crowndance Group from Arizona followed by stories and music performed by popular Lakota musician Ron Brave of Lawrence, Kansas.

Children’s Intertribal Round Dance
1:10–1:20 & 3:10–3:20 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall, Nelson-Atkins Building
Join members of the Kansas City Indian Center for Intertribal Round Dances.

Ongoing Activities and Demonstrations:
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Play the Ring and Pin and Hand Game.

Meet & Greet
1–4 p.m.

Participate in informal discussions about American Indian culture with staff and volunteers from the Kansas City Indian Center. The mission of the Kansas City Indian Center is to encourage social, educational, and economic advancement of the American Indian community by promoting traditional cultural values.

Discussions with Museum Guides
10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Gallery 208, Nelson-Atkins Building
Learn about selected objects in the museum’s collection.

Art Activity
10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Lens 2, Bloch Building
Assemble and decorate a paper tipi inspired by the Plains Indian Tipi on the south lawn of The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park painted by Gros Ventre artist, Chandler Good Strike.

Library Coloring Activity
1–4 p.m. | Spencer Art Reference Library, Bloch Building
Discover a special book display to learn about American Indian Art, and color your own bookmark throughout the afternoon in the Spencer Art Reference Library.

*Free Weekend Fun
14 p.m. | Gallery L5, Bloch Building
Learn about the cultural and historical significance of Mound Magician by Radcliffe Bailey.

FUN Spot Activities
Use stencils to decorate your own bookmark. *Join us each Saturday and Sunday 14 p.m. for hands-on activities, close looking, and conversation with museum guides. Activities and gallery locations change every few months, so come back often!

Artist Demonstrations
10 a.m.–1 p.m. | Gallery 208, Nelson-Atkins Building
Inspiration from the Museum Collection, Ford Learning Center Artist Educator, Christine Webster

Loom Work and Beading, Patricia Nelson (Standing Rock Sioux)
1–4 p.m.

Food for Purchase
11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Bloch Lobby
Native American inspired menu items for purchase.

Rozzelle Court Restaurant, Nelson-Atkins Building
11 a.m.3 p.m. (Desserts and beverages until 4 p.m.)
Enjoy signature salads, sandwiches, breads, and desserts.

FREE parking in garage for museum members. $10 parking for nonmembers.

Additional parking and FREE shuttle 9 a.m.5 p.m. to the museum available at Kauffman Foundation & Kauffman Gardens, 4800-01 Rockhill Road.