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National Museum of the American Indian Hosts Three-Day Multicultural Festival on Inaugural Weekend

January 7, 2013

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host “Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance and Story” from Friday, Jan. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 20. The three-day program to commemorate the inauguration of President Barack Obama will feature daily performances of live music, dancing and storytelling in the museum from a variety of cultural traditions. All performances are free and open to the public. More than 12 groups will appear, including:

  • Tradiciones Bolivianas, who perform traditional dances of the Andes
  • Loren Anderson, an Alutiiq storyteller
  • Arax Armenian Dance Ensemble
  • Buddhist Ekoji, Taiko drumming
  • Flory Jagoda Trio, Sefardic music
  • Halau O‘Aulani, who will perform Native Hawaiian music and dance
  • KanKouran, West African dancers from Senegal
  • Vicky Leyva, Afro-Peruvian singer
  • The Wild Zappers, a hearing-impaired dance troupe

 

In addition to the inauguration festival, the National Museum of the American Indian will present a photo exhibition, “A Century Ago…They Came as Sovereign Leaders” Jan. 15-Feb. 25. In honor of the inauguration, the exhibition focuses on President Theodore Roosevelt’s 1905 inaugural parade and the six great chiefs who participated in the procession: Buckskin Charlie (Ute), American Horse (Oglala Sioux), Quanah Parker (Comanche), Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Hollow Horn Bear (Brule Sioux) and Little Plume (Piegan Blackfeet).

 

The museum will be closed to the public Monday, Jan. 21, because of the museum’s proximity to the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol.

 

More information is available on the museum’s website: www.AmericanIndian.si.edu.

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Leonda Levchuk
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Eileen Maxwell
(202) 633-6615
maxwelle@si.edu

 

NMAI Inaugural Ball Logo
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Alma Boliviana

Photo: Cynthia Frankenburg, Smithsonian

Alma Boliviana – traditional Bolivian dancers -- perform at the National Museum of the American Indian during the 2010 Power of Chocolate Festival

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Alma Boliviana - Traditional Bolivian Dancers

Photo: Katherine Fogden, NMAI

Alma Boliviana – traditional Bolivian dancers -- perform at the National Museum of the American Indian during the 2010 Power of Chocolate Festival

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Arax Armenian Dance Ensemble

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The Arax Armenian Dance Ensemble of Greater Washington performing on Jan.

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Halau Ho'omau I ka Wai O Hawaii performs a hula ‘auana

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Halau O’aulani Dancers

Photo: Cynthia Frankenburg, Smithsonian

Halau O’aulani dancers performing at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 17, 2009.

 

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KanKouran West African Dancers 1

Photo: Ernesto Amoroso

KanKouran West African Dancers performing on Jan.

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KanKouran West African Dancers 2

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KanKouran West African Dancers performing on Jan. 19, 2009 at the “Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance, and Story” program at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian's Potomac Atrium
 in Washington, D.C.



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