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Winter Break DIY Crafts

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Offers Family Fun with DIY Kid’s Crafts this Winter Break 
 
For a fun and educational experience this Winter Break, families can visit the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian to make a Native American inspired craft.  While the kids are out of school, the museum has expanded its weekend craft program to every day, all day long during the weekdays the museum is open. The crafts are free with regular admission. 
 
In addition to regular weekend crafts (Saturdays, 11:00-noon and Sundays, 12:30-1:30pm) on Dec. 20-23, 27-30 and January 2-6, the entire family can make and take home simple versions of traditional Native American items including: 

God’s Eyes- This is an ancient spiritual practice believed to come from Pueblo tribes of the Southwest region and into Mexico.  The spiritual eye has power to see things that the physical eye cannot.  

Beaded Necklaces- Jewelry is a fun way to display beadwork, and makes great gifts! Beading is very popular among many Native American tribes throughout North America.  

Dream Catchers- Dreamcatchers originated with the Ojibwe people.  These are traditionally made of a willow branch hoop tied with sinew.  Their purpose is to filter out bad dreams and only let the good ones into the heads of little children. 

On weekends in December, the museum’s Arts and Seasonal Stories program will feature the Caribou.  

Visit the museum on Saturdays from 11am-noon and Sundays from 12:30-1:30 for Caribou stories and crafts including a felt caribou doll, talking feather and antler jewelry.  The museum will be closed Saturday and Sunday December 24-25 and Saturday and Sunday Dec 31- January 1. 
 
Kid’s craft activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up, but there is no minimum age requirement.  Participants must be accompanied by an adult.  No pre-registration is necessary.  

The Mitchell Museum is one of only a handful of museums in the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history and culture of American Indian and First Nation peoples throughout the United States and Canada.  In 2012, the Mitchell Museum was named “Best Museum of The North Shore: Up and Comer” by Make it Better magazine, won the Superior award by the Illinois Association of Museums and was named a national finalist by the American Association of State and Local History award program. The Chicago Tribune named the Mitchell Museum one of its top 10 museums for 2015.

For more information about The Mitchell Museum of The American Indian, visit www.mitchellmuseum.org, call 847-475-1030 or see our verified Facebook page. 

The museum is located in Evanston, Illinois at 3001 Central Street. It is open Tuesday-Wednesday 10am to 5pm, Thursday, 10am to 8pm, Friday- Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 4pm.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children and free for Mitchell Museum members and Tribal members.  

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