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November 01, 2011

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month With Us!

6a01156f5f4ba1970b0134896fd370970cMuseum staffer Terry Snowball, center, with members of Chile's Aymara communities during a repatriation trip in 2007 (Photo courtesy of Terry Snowball)

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.

Thank you!


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Interesting.I live in Australia and it would be good to have something like that here.I am not an Australian and I can see that the aboridginies are not given a fair go.It is all lip service.

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