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EXHIBITIONS IN WASHINGTON, DC

EXHIBITIONS IN NEW YORK
September 23, 2006–September 23, 2008
September 16, 2006–January 28, 2007



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2006
PERFORMANCES

NATIVE THEATER
El Gueguense

Saturday, October 21, 2006
1 and 4 p.m.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
1 and 4 p.m.
Washington DC
Rasmuson Theater

El Gueguense, performed by Ballet Folklorico Nicaraguense, is one of the oldest indigenous theatrical/dance works of the Western Hemisphere, written in the 16th century in the Nahuatl and Spanish languages. It symbolizes resistance to the Spanish culture imposed on the indigenous. In 2005, UNESCO declared El Gueguense a patrimony of humanity. This is an extraordinary acknowledgement of Nicaragua's indigenous people. The government of Nicaragua is promoting El Gueguense to preserve its indigenous heritage.

This performance is part of the 2006 Nicaraguan Cultural Series, which is being hosted by the Nicaragua Tourism Board. Additional tour sponsorship provided by American Airlines, Gran Pacifica and Seminole Plaza Hotel, Managua. Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Nicaragua and Nicaragua Tourism Board.

FILMS
Daily Screening
October 2, 2006–October 27, 2006
1 pm, 3 pm and Thursdays at 5:30 pm
Daily
New York
The Screening Room, Second Floor

Hopiit (1984, 14 min.) Victor Masayesva, Jr. (Hopi) Impressionistic views from the Hopi Pueblos highlight changes in village life during the four seasons

Kiowa Cradleboard Maker: The Art and Tradition of Vanessa Jennings (30 min.) Director: Scott Swearingen and Sandy Rhoades. Indian people of many tribes celebrate and honor the birth of a child with a cradleboard. Vanessa Jennings, a Kiowa beadworker and cradleboard maker, carries on this tradition. Crafted from wood and rawhide, beautifully decorated, cradleboards link families and generations.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Paawats Family Activity Room
May 3, 2006–December 24, 2006
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Daily
Washington DC
Listening to Our Ancestors exhibition, Third Level

Visit the Paawats Family Activity Room, which is part of the Listening to Our Ancestors exhibition. Paawats means "bird's nest" or "place where learning takes place" in the language of the Nuu-chah-nulth people. In this part of the gallery, you can handle fishing tools, practice weaving, play a matching game, learn a story, and try lots of other fun activities!

Visit the Welcome Desk the day of your visit for more information.

FILMS
Especially for Kids
October 2, 2006–October 31, 2006
10:30 am and 11:45 am
Daily
New York
The Screening Room, Second Floor

Paulina and the Condor (1995, 10 min.) Marisol Barragan. Bolivia. An animation tells the story of an Aymara girl of Bolivia who leaves her mountain home to live in the city.

Onenhakenra: White Seed (1984, 20 min.). U.S. Frank Semmens for the Akwesasne Museum. Mohawks of the Akwesasne Reservation talk about the role of corn in their culture and show the making of traditional corn soup and corn husk dolls.

Raven Tales: How Raven Stole the Sun (2004, 23 min.) U.S./Canada. Chris Kientz (Cherokee) and Simon James (Kwakwaka'wakw). A computer animation based on a traditional tale from the North Pacific Coast brings to life the comic and creative interaction of Eagle, Frog, and Raven at the beginning of timeā€”and how Raven brings daylight to the world

PERFORMANCES

Traditional Tsimshian Stories
Sampson Bryant, with Dawn Yeomans and Marilyn Bryant

Friday, October 20, 2006
10:30 a.m. (school groups only) & 12 noon
Saturday, October 21, 2006
11:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
11:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Washington DC
Rasmuson Theater
Saturday 11 a.m. program ONLY: Room 4018-19, Fourth level

"Storytelling is the traditional way our people pass down their family history."

As a child growing up, Sampson Bryant heard hundreds of Tsimshian stories told by his mother and father. While telling these stories, they would describe what masks and dances went with each story. Now a master carver, dancer, and storyteller, Sampson is active in training young people in the cultural traditions of the Ts'msyen Nation, British Columbia. 45 minutes.

Presented in conjunction with "Listening to Our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life along the North Pacific Coast"