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Suma Qamaña Bolivian Festival 2014 Play

Suma Qamaña means "living well," and Bolivia is proud to celebrate its cultures, history, and heritage during this festival that featured presentations and programs including contemporary and traditional dance groups, music workshops, demonstration artists, food and fun for the entire family. Bolivians share their wisdom, knowledge, and culture.

Living Aloha Hawaii Festival 2014 Play

The word aloha, a traditional greeting in Hawaii, expresses sincerity and is a critical aspect of the Native Hawaiian worldview. The concept of aloha suggests love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, kindness, charity, greeting, and more. This 4-day festival marks the beginning of our 25th anniversary celebration. Starting with a symposium on the Life and Legacy of Senator Daniel K. Inouye (see the separate playlist) and then commencing with three days of hula, music, storytelling, demonstrations, film, and activities celebrating Native Hawaii.

Looking to the Future: The Life and Legacy of Senator Inouye Play

This special symposium honors one of history's greatest advocates for Native people—Senator Daniel K. Inouye (1924--2012), former Chairman and Vice Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and one of the visionary founders of the National Museum of the American Indian. A person deeply grounded in values, community, and family, Daniel Inouye's myriad accomplishments include, among others, legislation and support for strengthening Native sovereignty, treaties, governance, economic development, education, and health care. Distinguished speakers who knew Senator Inouye and his work reflect on his many contributions to the well-being of Native America and look to the future to build upon the foundation of the Senator's legacy to carry forward his work for the benefit of future generations of Native people.

Patterns of Native Health and Wellbeing Play

Health issues among American Indians, such as diabetes and substance abuse, are reaching epidemic levels. The majority of governmental and externally driven responses to these health issues have focused on the physical aspects of disease. Much less research has been done on the relationships between culture and health within Native communities. This symposium presents a report on active collaborations between Native community members and researchers that focus on the distinct cultural values about wellbeing held by Native communities in solving serious health issues.

The symposium features four topics: Networking for Health: Adapting Large Institutions
to Community Objectives; The Medicine of Food: The Primary Relation; Environmental
Degradation and Mental Health: Healing in Eco-connection; and Cycles of Life:
Orientations in the Values of Traditional Rituality. Speakers include, among others:
Chief Beverly Cook, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief; Tom Belt, Coordinator for Cherokee
language revitalization, Western Carolina University; Louise McDonald, Bear Clan
Mother, Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs; Renee Dufault, Executive Director and
Founder, Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute; and Katsi Cook, Director,
Woman Is the First Environment Program, Running Strong for American Indian Youth.
Cosponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Cherokee Days 2014 Play

For the first time in intertribal history, the Cherokee Nation and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians partner to host "Cherokee Days," a public educational program that shares the true Cherokee story. The Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band share the Cherokee story, that spans time immemorial to the Trail of Tears to the successes of the modern tribes. The program includes a festival featuring food, dance, music, demonstrations, films, and hands-on activities.

Engineering the Inka Empire Symposium Play

Engineering the Inka Empire: A Symposium on Sustainability and Ancient Technologies was a day-long event presented at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., on November 14, 2013. One of civilization's most impressive engineering achievements, the Inka Road (or Qhapaq Ñan) traversed the Inka Empire, which encompassed large territories of present-day Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile. The symposium, moderated by José Barreiro, explores new theories and discoveries about the construction of the Inka Road and how these ancient techniques can be applied by modern engineers and city planners. Insightful presentations by noted international engineers and scholars illuminate the planning, building, and sustainability of the magnificent Inka roads that five hundred years ago integrated the rugged, mountainous world of the Andes. Cosponsored by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center, this symposium was supported with internal Smithsonian funds from the Consortium for World Cultures.

Lectures & Symposia Play

Hear scholars speak on diverse topics relating to Native America.
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