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American Indian Heritage Weekend 2019

Celebrate American Indian Heritage with Educational Activities for Youth

Learn about the traditions and heritage of local American Indian tribes throughout American Indian Heritage Weekend plus celebrate Maryland’s official American Indian Heritage Day!

Baltimore, MD. (November 13, 2019) -  Port Discovery Children’s Museum, the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives, the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs, and the Baltimore American Indian Center invite the community to learn about and explore the traditions and heritage of local American Indian tribes during American Indian Heritage Weekend, happening November 29 through December 1, 2019 at Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

The family-friendly event will feature displays, demonstrations and activities that include dancing, cultural sharing, and interactive art projects presented by members of several local American Indian tribes and organizations.

The weekend will kick-off with a ceremony beginning at 11 AM on Friday, November 29th honoring American Indian Heritage Day, a Maryland-state holiday established in 2008  that recognizes and celebrates the contributions, heritage, and culture of the nearly 60,000 American Indians living in Maryland. Port Discovery Children’s Museum is the only public institution that hosts a celebration of this official State holiday.

Activities will Include

  • Call for Procession & Proclamation Ceremony: Join us Keith Colston - Director of Ethnic Commissions at Maryland Governor's Office of Community Initiatives - hosts a traditional call for procession, opening ceremony and honor song honoring American Indian Heritage Day. (Friday, November 29th)
  • Explore American Indian Culture & Traditions:  Learn more about American Indian culture and traditions at Culture Corner with the Baltimore American Indian Center.
  • Accohannock Indian Tribe Display: Joining us from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Accohannock Tribal Chairman Michael "Fierce Arrow" Hinman will share oral tradition, regalia, and cultural artifacts.  Working in the medium of wood burning, embroidery, and photography, the portraits and regalia of the tribe members span several generations.
  • Piscataway Conoy Tribe Display: Join us as we welcome members of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe to the Port Discovery Children’s Museum.  Talk and learn from one of the three officially recognized tribes of Maryland, as they relay their history via oral tradition.  Their impressive display will include indigenous housing, relics, and regalia.
  • Kentkatam: Let's Dance (presented by Conoy Creations):  You become the star of the show as we learn Piscataway history and culture through social dances that have been passed down for generations.
  • Art Projects: Try your own hand at creating your own form of Corn Husk Dolls, a traditional American Indian art form.

“Exposing children to the rich culture of the world around them is critical, and an important part of what we strive to do at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Educating children about the culture, heritage and traditions of Maryland’s indigenous communities is a huge honor, and one we’re proud to offer to the children and families of Maryland on this important holiday,” said Bryn Parchman, President and CEO of Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

Please check the American Indian Heritage Weekend webpage for a complete schedule of events.

This event is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org).

ABOUT AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE DAY:

Established by legislation in 2008, American Indian Heritage Day recognizes and celebrates the contributions, heritage, and culture of the nearly 60,000 American Indians living in Maryland. This commemorative day is held each year on the fourth Friday of November, the day following Thanksgiving, and honors the ongoing relationship that the State of Maryland has with the American Indian community. 

For the third year, Port Discovery will host this year's celebration, allowing children and their families the opportunity to learn about American Indians and their deep relationship with the State of Maryland. Port Discovery is the first and only large public institution holding a celebration of this official State holiday. The event is expected to attract hundreds of participants and spectators through the weekend

About Port Discovery Children’s Museum 

As the premier children’s museum in the mid-Atlantic, Port Discovery Children’s Museum educates children and inspires life-long curiosity. Our play-to-learn philosophy opens the door for children to discover and explore the world around them and to lead smarter, healthier, more engaged lives. The Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, offers 3 floors of educational, interactive exhibits and programs and is ranked among the Top 10 Children’s Museums in the United States by Fodor’s Travel, Forbes and Parents Magazine. To learn more, visit www.portdiscovery.org

MEDIA CONTACT:
Abbi Ludwig
410.864.2680 (o) | aludwig@portdiscovery.org

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