Join the Museum of the American Revolution as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Weekend from Oct. 7 – 9! The Museum’s annual celebration offers a unique opportunity to explore the deep history, rich traditions, and pivotal role of Native Americans in the American Revolution. From traditional Native American dances to storytelling and hands-on demonstrations, there will be special activities for all ages to enjoy. Schedule a visit today and don’t miss this weekend of history and celebration.
Throughout the weekend, a group of dancers from the Delaware Tribe of Indians will perform traditional Lenape social dances on the Museum’s outdoor plaza, which will be for free and open to the public. Inside, a tribal elder will tell traditional Lenape stories in Revolution Place (Museum admission required).
Meet living history interpreters Kehala Smith (Tuscarora Nation, Turtle Clan) and Jordan Smith (Mohawk, Bear Clan), who will share stories about their culture, costuming, and traditions and engage guests in conversation about the past, present, and future of their people.
Mary Homer and her daughter (both Oneida, Wolf Clan) will be onsite to display and sell their traditional Iroquois beadwork, including clothing, jewelry, purses, and more. They will also be demonstrating stitching traditional Iroquois beadwork at their table.
Wampum beads — purple and white beads made from seashells or glass — were woven into patterns on belts to commemorate agreements between different communities of Native Americans and Europeans. Join a Museum educator in the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, Revolution Place, on the lower level to color your own wampum belt with your own symbols and messages.
Join a Museum educator at a discovery cart featuring replica artifacts and documents to learn about Tyonajanegen (Two Kettles Together), an Oneida woman who participated in the violent Battle of Oriskany during the Saratoga Campaign.