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NMAI’s 2011 Indian Summer Showcase Kicks Off with Concert on Saturday

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On June 11, from 5-7 PM, three acclaimed Native recording artists will play a free concert at the Welcome Plaza outside the main entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. The performers are among the best in the country music genre: Victoria Blackie (Navajo), Rebecca Miller (Six Nations, Ontario, Canada), and Becky Hobbs (Cherokee).

From Wednesday, June 22, through Saturday, June 25, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will celebrate its heritage with numerous activities, including workshops, dancing, storytelling, and stickball games. And there will be plenty of traditional Choctaw food on offer as well. The event will run from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM for all four days.

The following is a partial list of events in July and onward; be sure to check for more information and updates.

July 2, 7 PM and July 3, 2 PM: Dinner & a Movie: Kissed by Lightning, a screening of a drama set on the Six Nations Reserve about a grieving widowed artist who throws herself into her work in an attempt to find peace. The film was directed by Shelley Niro (Mohawk) and the screening is free; dinner is a la carte.

July 8-10, 10 AM-4:30 PM: The People are Dancing Again: The Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon: A celebration of the Siletz Tribe that will include basket weaving and dance.

July 22-24: The Living Earth Festival focuses on indigenous contributions to environmental sustainability, and will feature a farmer's market; an Iron Chef-style cook-off; and performances by numerous musicians, including the Pappy Johns Band and The Plateros. At 5 PM on July 22, artist Will Wilson will present his multimedia project Auto Immune Response—learn more about this artist's powerful work in our profile, "William R. Wilson: Navajo Artist of the Post-Apocalypse."

August 6, 5-6 PM: Red Power Squad, an Edmonton-based hip hop group, will play the Welcome Plaza, outside the museum's main entrance.