Monday, July 16, 2012

PAST: FESTIVAL: The "Living Earth Festival" at the NMAI on the National Mall this FRI, July 19th from 1:00pm - 5:30pm, Free

Living Earth Festival
Friday, July 19th

This annual festival celebrates indigenous contributions to environmental sustainability, knowledge, and activism. Tribally-owned food cooperatives discuss sustainability and local farmers offer produce, meat, and traditional American Indian foods in an outdoor farmers’ market, while local and Native chefs compete in an Iron Chef-style cook-off. Speakers and presenters include the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tribal EcoAmbassadors from the Tohono O’odham Nation and Navajo Nation, speaking on grassroots efforts they are making to reduce their carbon footprint and provide housing for their local community. Attend a sculpting workshop led by Lisan Tiger Blair (Mvskoke Creek) in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center, join Victoria Mitchell (Cherokee Nation) in a pottery demonstration, see amazing beadwork by Peggy Fontenot (Potawatomi), and enjoy an outdoor cooking demonstration by Patricia Alexander (Pawnee/Creek) or a cheese-making demonstration by Nancy Coonridge.

Smithsonian's National Museum of American Indian
4th & Independence Ave SW
Metro: L’Enfant Plaza L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow lines), exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums. On the National Mall between the Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. For Bus,Lines 30, 32, 34–36—Friendship Heights/Southern Avenue

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