Seminars & Symposia Program

The Seminars and Symposia Program is the intellectual home for the investigation, discussion, and understanding of issues regarding Native communities in the Western Hemisphere and Hawai‘i. Through the Seminars and Symposia Program, the museum promotes meaningful study, discussion, and civic engagement, providing a national forum for historical and contemporary topics of concern and interest to Native peoples and the general public.

Selected themes include cultural values, the environment, encounters, and Native achievements, as well as the content and ideas presented in the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions. In addition, the program will develop and host public forums, ranging from intimate roundtable discussions to seminars that are webcast around the world.

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Upcoming Events

Seminars & Symposia Program
National Museum of the American Indian
Smithsonian Institution
Fourth Street and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Illustration by Aaron Sechrist

At the Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports symposium, presented by the NMAI in February 2013, sports writers, scholars, authors, and representatives from sports organizations engaged a capacity audience with lively panel discussions on racist stereotypes and cultural appropriation in American sports. A video archive of this event, program agenda, and links to additional information and related resources, are available on the Seminars & Symposia archive.

At Harvest of Hope: A Symposium on Reconciliation, hosted by the NMAI in November 2008, distinguished speakers explored the importance of national apologies to Native peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere. Moderated by Kevin Gover (Pawnee), the panel included (from left) Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Northern Cheyenne), former U.S. senator from Colorado; Victor Montejo (Jakaltek Maya), former Guatemalan minister of peace and member of the Guatemalan National Congress; Caroline Davis, assistant deputy minister for resolution and individual affairs, Indian and Northern Affairs, Canada; Phil Fontaine (Sagkeeng), national chief, Assembly of First Nations, Canada; and Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway), historian, NMAI.

Daniel Wildcat (Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma) speaks about the importance of indigenous environmental knowledge at the Mother Earth: Call to Consciousness on Climate Change Symposium, June 2008. Photo by Katherine Fogden, NMAI.

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