One of the aims of the American Indian Heritage Celebration is to interpret the history of people whose experiences have been underrepresented and often misrepresented in museums. By working with representatives from American Indian communities, the Museum of History has helped to break down some of those cultural barriers and increase awareness of history from multiple perspectives. The tremendous public response to these festivals indicates broad community interest. In the past, the annual celebration has attracted more than 14,000 people to the museum from all across the state. This year, with an online-only virtual festival, we have an opportunity to reach even more people—across the state and beyond.
Culture resides in the places, objects, and people that preserve and communicate our collective identity, knowledge, and experience. Our cultural heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Supporting the museum’s American Indian Heritage Celebration is making a worthwhile investment in the state’s cultural heritage and ensuring its continuation for many years to come. Your contribution is your vote towards valuing and honoring the diverse communities within our state and recognizing their continued importance. Learn more about contributing to this event here.