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Build a Ho-Chunk Ciproke – Sept. 9 & 10

Building a traditional Ho-Chunk Ciporoke

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is pleased to partner with the Ho-Chunk nation in building a ciporoke or lodge on the west lawn of the museum.

Construction will take place during museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 9 and 10.

Guided by Ho-Chunk community members and cultural experts, the public is invited to participate in this unusual opportunity.

“Historically, the construction of the ciporoke was a communal effort showing gratitude and respect for the structure and workers,” said Kathleen McDonald, executive director of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. “Inviting the public to participate in building the structure here at the museum honors that Ho-Chunk tradition.”

The ciporoke will become a stop on the museum’s group tours. On Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m., the museum will celebrate its official opening with traditional dance and drum by the Ho-Chunk delegation, who will be honored at the event.

To RSVP for the grand opening of the Ho-Chunk ciporoke, call 847-475-1030 or email rsvp@mitchellmuseum.org by Friday Sept. 5. The event is free to the public.

Mitchell Museum Fall Activities

The Mitchell Museum of The American Indian announces its fall activities for families this September- December. Families can stop by the museum on Saturdays and Sundays to make a Native American inspired craft. They are free with regular admission.

Mitchell Museum staff and volunteers lead kids DIY projects to make simple versions of traditional Native American items including Northwest Coast Masks, Dream Catchers, Lakota Star Quilts and more. Kid’s crafts are offered Saturdays 11:00 am-noon and Sundays 12:30-1:30 pm. During the month of December, families can choose from three craft activities each weekend that make great gifts. The museum will also host school’s out DIY all day craft days during Winter Break.

The complete fall Craft Program Schedule is as follows. Please see the Fall 2014 craft guide for a detailed description of the cultural significance of each craft listed below.

6-7 Plains Shields 13-14 Loom Weaving
20-21 Northwest Coast Masks 27-28 Beaded Key Chains

4-5 Cherokee Book of Words 11-12 Lakota Star Quilts
18-19 Button Blanket 25-26 Dream Catchers

1-2 Talking Sticks 8-9 Northwest Coat Rattle
15-16 Canoes 22-23 Woven Baskets
29-30: Loom Beading

Special holiday crafts for your children to make as great gifts!
Choose from three craft activities each weekend including Corn Husk Dolls, Concho Belts and Bolo Ties.

School’s Out: All Day DIY Crafts:
Dec 23, 26, 30 and January 2.
Concho Belts, Bolo Ties, God’s Eyes and Beaded Key Chains

Kid’s craft activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up, but there is no minimum age requirement. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is necessary.

The Mitchell Museum is one of only a handful of museums in the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history and culture of American Indian and First Nation peoples throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information about The Mitchell Museum of The American Indian, visit www.mitchellmuseum.org or call 847-475-1030. The museum is open Tuesday- Wednesday 10 am- 5 pm, Thursday 10 am-8 pm, Friday- Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children and FREE for Mitchell Museum members and Tribal members.

Mitchell Museum Offers Summer Activities

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston will offer special activities for youngsters June 11-14 during the first week of summer break for students in Evanston/Skokie School District 65.

During the museum’s “School’s Out Family Fun Week,” kids can engage in do-it-yourself craft projects making simple versions of traditional Native American items including Southwest woven rugs, Northwest Coast masks, Plains shields, and Lakota star quilts. The crafts are recommended for children ages 5 and older. Participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Native American stories will be read each afternoon at 2 p.m. in the museum’s teaching lodge.

The “school’s out” activities are included with the price of museum admission. Regular museum hours will be in effect.

Kids Craft Morning Programs

The museum will also offer its “Kids Craft Morning” programs on Saturdays and Sundays in June, July, and August.

Mitchell staffers and volunteers lead the informal, one-hour sessions where children learn to construct simple versions of traditional Native American objects using everyday craft materials.

Kids will make corn husk dolls out of corn husks and twine; porcupine quill boxes out of colored toothpicks and cardboard; woven baskets of yarn applied to drinking cups; Northwest Coast button blankets of plastic buttons glued to felt; Northwest Coast rattles of dry corn kernels sandwiched between paper plates; bolo ties of nylon cord, cardboard, and colored mosaic tiles; beaded key chains of hemp cord, beads, and metal key rings; beaded bracelets and headbands of cord and beads made on a cardboard loom; Plains ledger drawings sketched on columnar accounting paper; Seminole patchwork of fabric pieces glued onto cloth; God’s eyes of colored yarn and craft sticks; and a Cherokee syllabary, a booklet using written symbols to represent syllables of the Cherokee language.

Workshop dates, times, and themes are as follows:

  • June 1, 11 a.m.–noon, woven baskets
  • June 2, 12:30–1:30 p.m., woven baskets
  • June 8, 11 a.m.–noon, Cherokee syllabary
  • June 9, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Cherokee syllabary
  • June 15, 11 a.m.–noon, Plains ledger drawings
  • June 16, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Plains ledger drawings
  • June 22, 11 a.m.–noon, God’s eyes
  • June 23, 12:30–1:30 p.m., God’s eyes
  • June 29, 11 a.m.–noon, bolo ties
  • June 30, 12:30–1:30 p.m., bolo ties
  • July 6, 11 a.m.–noon, Northwest Coast masks
  • July 7, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Northwest Coast masks
  • July 13, 11 a.m.–noon, corn husk dolls
  • July 14, 12:30–1:30 p.m., corn husk dolls
  • July 20, 11 a.m.–noon, button blankets
  • July 21, 12:30–1:30 p.m., button blankets
  • July 27, 11 a.m.–noon, beaded key chains
  • July 28, 12:30–1:30 p.m., beaded key chains
  • August 3, 11 a.m.–noon, Seminole patchwork
  • August 4, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Seminole patchwork
  • August 10, 11 a.m.–noon, God’s eyes
  • August 11, 12:30–1:30 p.m., God’s eyes
  • August 17, 11 a.m.–noon, Northwest Coast rattles
  • August 18, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Northwest Coast rattles
  • August 24, 11 a.m.–noon, loom beading
  • August 25, 12:30–1:30 p.m., loom beading
  • August 31, 11 a.m.–noon, quill boxes
  • September 1, 12:30–1:30 p.m., quill boxes.

The museum also makes available coloring projects and other simple craft activities on request at the workshops.

Offered year-round, the museum’s Kids Craft workshops are designed to introduce children to Native cultures of the U.S. and Canada, which are the focus of the Mitchell Museum’s collections and exhibits.

Workshop participants have the opportunity to view authentic examples of Native crafts from the Mitchell’s collection and illustrations of Native designs as models for their projects.

Kids Craft Morning activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up, but there is no minimum age requirement. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is necessary.

Admission to Kids Craft Morning workshops is included with museum admission, which is $5 for adults, $3 for children (ages 1- 17), students (with ID), teachers (with ID), and seniors (age 65+). Admission is free for Mitchell Museum members and tribal members. Museum admission is also free for active-duty military personnel and their families through September 1 in conjunction with the national Blue Star Museums program.

The independent, nonprofit Mitchell Museum is located at 3001 Central St., Evanston. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays.

For information, phone (847) 475-1030 or email visitor.services@mitchellmuseum.org.


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