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A Spectrum of Perspectives: Native Peoples and Genetic Research Play

This symposium explores the range of perspectives in Native communities on genomics and highlights key topics for ongoing community conversation. The symposium will focus on the following topics: "Can Genetics Research improve Native Health?"; "The Ethics of Blood; Genomics & Ancestry: Ethics, Origins, and Policy"; and "Insights From the Field: Next Generation Native Researchers." This program is co-hosted by the National Congress of American Indians, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the National Museum of the American Indian in conjunction with the "Genome: Unlocking Life's Code" exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

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.

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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