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Smithsonian Multicultural Festival

By January 7, 2013

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The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will host a special event during the weekend of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. "Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance and Story" will run from Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, through Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 featuring daily performances of live music, dancing and storytelling from a variety of cultural traditions. All performances are free and open to the public. More than 12 groups will appear, including:
  • Alma Boliviana, who perform traditional dances of the Andes
  • Loren Anderson, an Alutiiq storyteller
  • Arax Armenian Dance Ensemble
  • Buddhist Ekoji, Taiko drumming
  • Flory Jagoda Trip, 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 American Indian Museum will open a photo exhibition, "A Century Ago...They Came as Sovereign Leaders." 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 exhibition runs from Jan. 15 until Feb. 25, 2013.

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