Smithsonian Weekend Events: American Indian Holiday Celebration, Extended Hours at Natural History Museum

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Friday, December 26: Holiday Celebration at National Museum of the American Indian

It's a jam-packed day of festivities at the National Museum of the American Indian!

Father and Son Storytelling (3rd level, Resource Center, 11 AM and 1 PM)

Owen and Lyle James share present Native stories passed down through the generations.

Music and Dance Performance (1st level, Potomac Atrium, 12 Noon, 2 PM, and 3:30 PM)

Mele Kalikimaka one and all! (OK, so that's not bona-fide Hawaiian for "Merry Christmas"—but gosh darn it, it's fun to say!) Come out and see Halau O'Aulani perform classic and contemporary dances from the Hawaiian islands.

Films (Rasmuson Theater, 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM)

"Christmas at Moose Factory" explores the holiday traditions of an old settlement on the shore of James Bay through the eyes of a child.

"Wapos Bay" is a Canadian stop-motion animated television series set in Saskatchewan. In this episode, "A Time to Learn," young Talon must deal with piles of schoolwork and missing sled dogs before he can go out with his father to learn the family tradition of going out on the trapline.

All events are free. National Museum of the American Indian. Continues Dec. 27 & 28

Saturday, December 27: Kwanzaa Stories at the Anacostia Community Museum,

The Honorable Baba C and Tomorrow's Voices will teach you about this seven day festival by way of storytelling and music. Free, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Museum, 11:00.

Sunday, December 28: National Museum of Natural History—Extended Hours!

That's right—you get to hang out at one of the most popular museums on the mall for a few more hours! The Natural History Museum will be open from 10:00 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. through January 3.

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