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National Museum of the American Indian Summer Showcase 2014

Free Summer Concerts and Tribal Festivals


National Museum of the American Indian Summer Showcase 2014

Amy Hanaialii Gilliom

Photo Courtesy of NMAI

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC features a concert and festival series each summer promoting Native musicians, films, performers and artists from across the Western Hemisphere.

2014 Schedule of Events

  • Hawai’i Festival - May 16-18, 2014. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This festival coincides with Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Visitors will see programs that feature kuma hula Patrick Makuakane’s famed halau, Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, an evening concert with Kūpaoa, an award-winning husband and wife musical duo and hands-on activities for families, lei-making demonstrations and a small exhibition featuring items donated to the museum by Senator Inouye’s family.

  • Dinner & A Movie – Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau - May 16, 2014. Dinner menu served in Mitsitam Cafe – 5:45 p.m. Film screening in Rasmuson Theater – 7 p.m. The film chronicles the remarkable life and power of Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a.

  • Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, featuring Kūpaoa Concert -  May 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. Special hula presentation by famed kumu hula Patrick Makuakāne and Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu. Kūpaoa is an award-winning husband and wife musical duo. The lovely voices of Līhau Hannahs Paik and Kellen Paik have delighted listeners and audiences for almost a decade, starting out as musicians who shared stages with friends and each other, and then joining seven years ago as the duo Kūpaoa, who have since become a solid institution in the field of Hawaiian music

  • Bolivian Festival: Suma Qamaña - June 5-8, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Suma Qamaña means “living well” and Bolivia is proud to celebrate its cultures, history and heritage with a weekend of exciting presentations and programs including: contemporary and traditional dance groups, music workshops, demonstration artists, food and fun for the entire family. Come and meet Bolivians sharing their wisdom, knowledge and culture.

  • The Choctaw Nation: Through a New Lens - June 27-28, 2014, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma celebrates its tribal history and heritage with two days of food demos, workshops, and performances. Activities and demonstrations include Native dancers, singers, storytellers and booths showcasing beadwork, jewelry, pottery, flutes and the Choctaw language. Hands-on activities for kids, a marketplace and families along with being able to meet Choctaw Nation princesses will allow visitors to learn more about Choctaw culture.

  • Marty Stuart in Concert - June 29, 2014, 2 p.m. Enjoy an exclusive acoustic concert with country music legend, Marty Stuart. Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature and country music fan. 

  • Living Earth Festival - July 18-20, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy live music and dance performances, a Native cooking competition, film screenings, crafts and storytelling for families, an outdoor farmers market featuring local produce and game, and a cheese-making and beading demonstration.

  • Kaypi Peru Festival - July 28 - Aug. 3, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The festival spotlights a week of Peruvian legacy with many artisans and artist sharing the beautiful identity of Peru, the Land of the Incas. Festival highlights include exhibition and sale of hand-made crafts from indigenous artisans from Peru, as well as traditional dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, lectures, Peruvian food and drinks, and hands-on activities for kids and families.

  • Chickasaw Festival Aug. 15 -16, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma will celebrate its tribal heritage and history with two-days of food, hands-on activities and performances, including dancing, singing, storytelling and other cultural arts such as beading, woodwork, pottery, weaving and more.

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