Released October 9, 2019

“Native Americans: Beyond the History Book” coming to Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 9, 2019) –  On Nov. 8, a special event at the Indiana State Museum will explore Native American traditions of the past and present during “Native Americans: Beyond the History Book.” The event is in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

This program is in partnership with the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission. This day is geared toward school-aged children, although all ages of the public are invited to attend. 

WHAT: Thirteen Native American individuals from 13 different tribes will be on site to talk not only about their tribal traditions, but also about their careers. Representatives include a banker, victims’ advocate, firefighter, police officer, photographer, retired military and more. The individuals will have their Native American regalia on display as well.

By discussing their current roles and interests along with their tribal customs, these individuals will work to educate attendees and disband stereotypes pertaining to Native Americans.

Representatives from Indiana University’s First Nations Educational & Cultural Center will also be on site to discuss why Native American mascots can be problematic, and representatives from Purdue University’s Native American Educational and Cultural Center will discuss careers Native American students have pursued. Different themed activities will take place throughout the museum’s galleries, and contemporary Native American music will be played as well.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 8

WHERE: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

PRICE: Included with purchase of general admission, free for members

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The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.