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Urban Pow Wow Presentation During Fall Community Day – Sat. Oct. 25

On Saturday October 25 the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will host Community Day from 10am-5pm. Free activities include kid’s crafts, food and light refreshments. The American Indian Center will present an Urban Pow Wow history and dance program (for an additional fee) beginning at 2:30.

Mitchell Museum volunteers will lead children and their families in a Dreamcatcher craft from 11am-noon. The Dreamcatcher is originally an Ojibwe craft, intended to filter bad dreams, leaving only the good. The craft will be followed by food and light refreshments (noon-1pm).

From 2:30-3:30 pm, Cyndee Fox-Starr (Omaha/Odawa) and Louis Delgado (Oneida) from the American Indian Center of Chicago will show “50 years of Pow Wow” featuring clips from the 1950s, 1970s and last year’s 60th anniversary. They will lead a discussion on how Urban Pow Wows differ from Tribal Pow Wows, and how they have changed over the last century. Fox-Starr and Delgado will also demonstrate popular Pow Wow dance steps and discuss their symbolism. Cost is $10 Members/ $12 non-Members.

For more information about Community Day at the Mitchell Museum, please contact Visitor Services at visitor.services@mitchellmuseum.org, or call 847-475-1030 during our regular hours.

For more information about The Mitchell Museum of The American Indian, visit www.mitchellmuseum.org. The museum is open Tuesday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., FridaySaturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children and Free for Mitchell Museum members and Tribal members.

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.

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

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

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

December:
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.

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