In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is offering visitors of all ages an opportunity to learn more about Native culture with special lectures, tours and a gift-membership deal during the week of Thanksgiving.
The Mitchell Museum has been educating local and international visitors about the American Indian people’s significant contributions to the history and culture of the area for over 37 years. “While the museum offers excellent programming throughout the year, with the designation of November as Native American Heritage Month, the nation’s focus tends to be on American Indian culture during the time leading up to Thanksgiving,” said Kathleen McDonald, Executive Director of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. “We hope that people will take advantage of the great programs we have to offer and learn a little more about the 40,000 Native Americans living in the Chicago area and the more than 6 million living throughout the United States and Canada.”
On Sunday, November 23 (2:00-3:00pm), John Dall (Ho-Chunk), will present a lecture on the history and culture of the Ho-Chunk nation followed by a tour of our ciporoke lodge build in September by a delegation from the Ho-Chunk nation. Teachers can earn CPDU credits. The fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members.
On Saturday, November 29 (10:00-11:30am), Christine Redcloud (White Earth Ojibwe) will present “Native People’s Today” followed by a tour of the Ho-Chunk ciporoke. The presentation helps dispel American Indian stereotypes and provides a deeper understanding of past and present American Indian cultures. The presentation is free with regular admission.
Families can also stop by the Mitchell Museum on Saturday, Nov. 22 and 29 and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 30 to make a Native American inspired craft. Mitchell museum staff and volunteers lead kids in DIY projects to make simple versions of traditional Native American items. Kid’s crafts are offered Saturdays 11:00am-noon and Sundays 12:30-1:30pm. November 22-23 will be Woven Baskets, and November 29-30 will be Loom Beading. The crafts are free with regular admission.
Tuesday, December 2 is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together to celebrate generosity and to give. From now until #GivingTuesday, The Mitchell Museum is offering gift memberships at a reduced rate in hopes that visitors will consider not only supporting the museum, but giving the gift of museum membership this holiday season so that more visitors can learn about the art, history and culture of the more than 1200 tribes and bands of indigenous people throughout the United States and Canada. Use the promo code: GIVINGTUESDAY (exp. 12/02/14) for $5 off an individual, family or partner membership. For more information about gift memberships at the Mitchell Museum, visit www.mitchellmuseum.org/membership or call 847-475-1030.
The museum is open Tuesday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., CLOSED Thursday for Thanksgiving, Friday- Saturday 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.