Who are the Montagnards? Join us this Saturday, June 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., and find out at the free Montagnard Artists Day!
Montagnard, a French word meaning “mountain people,” refers to the indigenous ethnic minority living in the central highlands of Vietnam. These indigenous peoples became close allies of American soldiers during the Vietnam War, and, currently, North Carolina is home to the largest number of Montagnard people outside Southeast Asia.
Visitors can enjoy watching craftspeople make baskets and woven fabrics. From 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., they can also enjoy traditional Jarai music from Dock Rmah and performances by the Montagnard American Organization Dancers.
The afternoon also includes a 3 p.m. showing of This Is My Home Now (2015; not rated; run time: 27 min.), a documentary about young Montagnard people making new lives in their adopted home of North Carolina. A panel discussion will accompany the film.
The museum’s lobby-case exhibit, Collecting Carolina: Montagnards, Vietnam’s Central Highlanders, features a selection of Montagnard textiles, crafts, tools, hunting weapons, and musical instruments—all collected by a Vietnam veteran while he served in Vietnam.