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This festival, now in its sixth year, continues to inform visitors about issues of environmental concern and focuses on traditional agricultural practices, renewable energy, green technology, living healthy, active lifestyles, and the importance of Native foods in our diets, while also including celebration through music and dance.
Featured artists include: Janie Luster (Houma) who creates jewelry from alligator and garfish scales, Stephanie Madere Escude (Tunica-Biloxi) will demonstrate how to create Native-inspired pieces out of everyday recycled items. Father and daughter Juan and Marta Chiac (Mayan Belize) will demonstrate the versatility and usefulness of items made from their native henequen (hammocks, ropes, grocery bags) and guests can try some of Belize’s native Mayan dishes such as escabeche or chilmole or enjoy a traditional Mayan cacao drink made by Julio and Heliadora Saqui. Dance and music will be performed by local drum group, Youghtanund from Richmond, VA. A youth-led Navajo Community Heath Outreach group’s effort is to improve health education and access to healthy foods on the Navajo Nation. The students will present their narratives and shared experiences in a program on Sunday afternoon. Also on Sunday, the much-anticipated annual Native Chef competition will feature a secret Native food ingredient and the culinary talents of two local Native Hawaiians: Chef Robert Alcain, owner of Taste of Aloha andChef Kaimana of Open Kitchen.
American Indian Museum
4th Street & Independence Ave SW
Washington DC 20560