Celebrate Native American Heritage Month With Us!
In honor of Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month this November, we're partnering with StoryCorps, a nonprofit oral-history organization, to celebrate American Indian Heritage Day and the 2011 National Day of Listening, a new holiday started by StoryCorps that encourages Americans to record the stories of their families, friends and local communities. Both holidays fall on the same day this year—Friday, Nov. 25.
Last year, we participated by recording the tribal histories, family stories, and museum experiences of our Native American staffers, including museum director Kevin Gover (Pawnee) and repatriation coordinator Terry Snowball (Prairie Band Potawatomi/Wisconsin Ho-Chunk), above. You can listen to the interviews here: http://blog.nmai.si.edu/main/storycorps-national-day-of-listening-2010/
This year, we’re reaching out to you, our visitors and our fans, in the hopes that you might make your own recordings and post summaries on the StoryCorps Wall of Listening at www.nationaldayoflistening.org.
Each interview’s location will be highlighted on an interactive map on the StoryCorps website, illustrating not only the scope of the museum’s friends but also the diversity of Indian Country.
We’d also like to invite you to share some of these stories (and photos!) on the museum’s blog by writing us at NMAISocialMedia@si.edu.
If you'd like to participate or have any questions about the project, please email Molly Stephey at StepheyMJ@si.edu.