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March 24, 2011

Spring Events in Indian Country ❧ Please Add Your Favorites

Spring traditionally begins an integral timetable of renewal for many Native communities. The first thunder is an ancient signal to begin preparing for the new year. After the first thunder, animals give birth, plants begin to blossom, and rivers and lakes begin to swell with life-giving abundance. In ancient days, this signaled the time for preparations for moving, planting, hunting, gathering, ceremonies, and war exploits.

Today Native communities continue this cycle of annual renewal. In addition to ancient practices, modern Native people host events during the spring season. These events include conferences, sporting events, webinars, art shows, festivals, powwows, rodeos, pageants, etc. I would like to share with you a sampling of some of these events that you may be interested in attending across Indian Country.

Is there an American Indian event taking place this spring in your community, or at your university, or hosted by an organization you support? If so, please tell us about it and post a link in the comments section below.

 April 2011

[March 31] through April 3 | Heye Center, NMAI | 2011 Native American Film + Video Festival | New York City

2 | Heard Museum | Katsina Doll Marketplace | Phoenix, Arizona

3 | Autry Museum | American Indian Culture Day Family Activities: Stickball | Los Angeles, California

13 | Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Open Forum | Webinar

14–17 | Native Masters Championship Golf Week | El Cajon, California

16–17 | Five Civilized Tribes Museum | Art under the Oaks Market and Festival | Muskogee, Oklahoma

21–23 | National Indian Athletics Association | Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships | Tulalip, Washington

28–30 | Gathering of Nations Powwow and Miss Indian World Competition | Albuquerque, New Mexico

30 | University of Montana | Climate Change: Indigenous Peoples and Adaption Symposium. Missoula, Montana

30 | Harvard University Native American Program | Powwow | Cambridge, Massachusetts

May 2011

1 | Miss Indian Oklahoma Pageant | Norman, Oklahoma

7–8 | Dartmouth University | Powwow | Hanover, New Hampshire

14 | Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation | Visitor Appreciation Day | Cherokee, North Carolina

20–22 | Indigenous Language Institute/University of New Mexico | Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium | Albuquerque, New Mexico

21–22 | National Museum of the American Indian | This IS Hawai`i Festival and Exhibition Opening | Washington, DC

27–29 | Red Lake Band of Chippewa | Seven Clans Powwow | Thief River Falls, Minnesota

28–29 | Ralph Johnson Memorial Rodeo | Ganado, Arizona

Please check the events' web sites for more information and confirmations. And please call everyone's attention to spring festivals and events open to the public in your part of Indian Country by posting who, what, when, and where—with a web site address, if possible—in the comments, below.



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Great list! Here are some additional Native Art Markets around the country: http://www.nativeart.net/indianartistcalendar.php

Thanks for your sharing the information!

It nice to know that some people still actually give importance to native cultures. These cultures are really great, it brings you back in time.

Really good information.Keep up the good work!

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