The 27th annual American Indian Heritage Celebration is taking place this weekend both virtually and in-person at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.
There will be an American Indian Heritage Celebration Virtual Education Day for students and teachers in grades K–12 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and an in-person celebration 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum.
For the first time in three years, the celebration is bringing together members of all eight state-recognized tribes to share demonstrations, presentations and performances that highlight the traditional and contemporary artistic, scientific, historical and cultural contributions of American Indians in North Carolina, organizers said.
The American Indian Heritage Celebration, with support from its community partners the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs and the North Carolina American Indian Commission, hold the event in honor of American Indian Heritage Month in North Carolina every November.
Attendees can learn about North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes, and discover how the American Indian community has shaped and continues to shape the state’s history and culture, organizers said.
During the virtual education day, there will be a variety of presentations in-person, livestreamed as well as prerecorded and available on demand, including a live dance and drumming demonstration. Register and learn more about the presentations on the website. All presentations and performances are free to attend.
The American Indian Heritage Celebration continues Saturday with an in-person festival featuring multiple demonstrations, presentations and performances that highlight the traditional and contemporary artistic, scientific, historic and cultural contributions of American Indians in North Carolina. The full schedule is available online.