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Native American Cultural Celebration

Performances and Activities FREE and Open to the Public
Celebrate and honor the art, dance, and music of Native Americans from across the country. Experience a variety of longstanding traditions revealed in today’s artistic expressions.
Free shuttles will run from the Kauffman Foundation and Kauffman Garden lots from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and an accessible shuttle will run from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Program is subject to change.


Live Music & Dance Performances

Haskell Indian Nations University Dancers Performances accompanied by the drumming and singing from the Young Buffalo Horse
10:15–11:30 am & 2:30–3:45 pm
Kirkwood Hall
10:15 a.m. | Grand Entry, Haskell Indian Nations University Veterans Color Guard
Enjoy diverse styles of Native American dance performed by students from Haskell Indian Nations University from Lawrence, Kansas accompanied by the Young Buffalo Horse Singers.

Story Time at the Tipi
11:45 am–12:15 pm | North Lawn Plains Indian Tipi

Joseph Tessay & The Cibecue Apache Crown Dancers
11:30 a.m.–12:10 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall
2–2:40 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium
Experience Joseph Tessay and The Cibecue Apache Crown Dancers from Cibecue, Arizona located within the boundaries of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. As an ongoing tradition, they travel throughout the nation performing the Crown, or Mountain Spirit Dance. The ceremony evokes supernatural beings who provide healing and protection.

Children’s Intertribal Round Dance
12:15–12:30 pm | North Lawn by Plains Indian Tipi
Children and accompanying adults are invited to join in the dance with members of the Kansas City Indian Center.

Dance Performance & Live Music
12:30-1:15 pm | Atkins Auditorium
Watch Native American dance by the Royal Valley Dancers of Prairie Band Potawatomi from Mayetta, Kansas, accompanied by the drumming and singing of Young Buffalo Horse Singers.

Regalia & Stories about Ceremonial Dress
12:30–12:50 pm & 1:30–1:50 pm | Lens 2
Learn from lead dancers from Haskell Indian Nations University as they share stories about the regalia worn for selected dances.

Ongoing Activities & Demonstrations

10 am–4 pm (except where noted)

Meet and Greet, & Games
Participate in informal discussions about Native American culture with staff and volunteers from Haskell Indian Nations University Alumni Association and the Kansas City Indian Center. Play games and view a book display from the Kansas City Indian Center collection.

Discussions with Docents & Museum Guides
Galleries 208 & 209
Learn about select objects in the museum collection.

Art Activity
Classrooms 3, 4 & 5
Decorate a luggage tag inspired by your favorite place or your travels throughout the museum.

Library Coloring Activity
1–4 pm
Spencer Art Reference Library
Color your own bookmark and discover a special book display to learn about Native American Art.

Plains Indian Tipi
North Lawn
Visit the Plains Indian Tipi painted by Gros Ventre artist Chandler Good Strike (Gors Ventre).

Learn More
1–4 p.m. | Educator Resource Center
Explore resources about Native American art and culture, with a particular focus on Plains Indians.

Artist Demonstration
1–4 pm | Gallery 208
Watching Patricia Nelson of the (Standing Rock Lakota) demonstrate loom work and beading.


Food for Purchase

Rozzelle Court Restaurant
11 am–3 pm
Enjoy signature salads, sandwiches, breads, and desserts.
Desserts and beverages served until 4 pm.

Bloch Lobby
11 am–4 pm 
Purchase Native American-inspired menu items.

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Special thanks to members and volunteers of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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