While the Pacific Northwest Indian art, history, and culture is heavily celebrated, the Eastern Native Americans have not received as much attention from the mainstream media. However, the Suquamish Museum on the Port Madison Indian Reservation located in Seattle across from the Puget Sound houses several artifacts from the Eastern Indian tribes. Its exhibits have preserved and documented several historical artifacts from the Eastern Suquamish tribe in particular. Admission is a small $3 - $5 dollar fee.
Albuquerque, New Mexico is home to The Gathering of Nations held every fourth weekend annually in April. Historically, the Gathering of Nations is considered the largest North American Pow-Wow with over five hundred tribes represented within the celebration. The three day event exhibits Native American culture, music, and dance. In addition to all of the wonderful Indian festivities is the Miss Indian World Pageant which is truly a sight to see. Everyone is welcome to join in the festival fun! 2018's Gathering of Nations will take place from April 27th to the 29th and tickets will range from $18 to $85 dollars depending on admission type.
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In 1989 Congress established the building of the National Museum of the American Indian to create a living memorial dedicated to their culture and traditions. As a part of the Smithsonian associated museum, the location features two branches - the main branch in Washington DC's National mall as well as the New York branch in Manhattan's George Gustav Heye Center. This Museum houses one of the worlds biggest collections of Native American Art and artifacts. Plus, the location hosts a large cultural calendar with months full of events and a menu full of exquisite Native American Cuisine. Admission is free to both locations.
The Crow Fair was created in Montana more than one hundred years ago as a memorable gathering for the Crow Tribe. Since then, the event has welcomed all Native American tribes to attend the celebratory fair sixty miles outside of Billings, Montana. The Crow Fair is one of the biggest Northern Native American gatherings featuring a vast variety of differing displays, pow-wows, rodeos, and daily parades. Over fifty thousand people come from all over the world to experience this one of a kind fair. 2018's fair will be held from August 16th through the 21st. Admission price has yet to be announced.
Rich in Native American history and culture, Oklahoma hosts the second largest Native American population with tribes like the Cherokee Indian. The Cherokee Indian Tribes are federally recognized and are centrally based out of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Tahlequah visitors will find many of the city's street signs in both Cherokee and English throughout the Historical Townsite District. Visit the Cherokee Heritage Center to receive a thorough education on the Cherokee people. Admission ranges between $5 - $8 dollars.
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The American Indian Film Festival was established in 1975 and has since traveled from Seattle to its permanente San Francisco location. It is regarded as one of the premier Native American events within the contemporary media. In 1979 the location became the home of the American Indian Film Institute that annually shows American Indian produced films. 2018's American Indian Film Festival will be held from November 4th through the 12th. Admission has yet to be announced.
Santa Fe is an amazing city to visit for those interested in Native American Art culture. Countless authentic Native American art & jewelry galleries, vendors, and shops call Santa Fe, New Mexico home. In addition to the several Native American Indian boutiques, there are also several museums located throughout Santa Fe including The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Admission ranges between $5 and $12 dollars per museum. Make sure to catch the Santa Fe Indian Market as well when visiting New Mexico as it offers over ninety years worth of world famous Southwestern Association Indian Art. The next Santa fe Indian Market will be held from August 19th & 20th of 2018.
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