An Evening at the Museum: Mingling with the Americans
Guests posing with Ande the Llama

Guests commemorate the evening by having their picture taken with Ande the Llama outside of The Great Inka Road. Photo by Teko Photography.

Guests commemorate the evening by having their picture taken with Ande the Llama outside of The Great Inka Road. Photo by Teko Photography.

Mitsitam Café Chef Freddie Bitsoie and guests

Mitsitam Café Chef Freddie Bitsoie discusses his techniques for preparing cholla bud salad with prickly pear vinaigrette and sumac seared halibut with guests. Photo by Teko Photography.

Mitsitam Café Chef Freddie Bitsoie discusses his techniques for preparing cholla bud salad with prickly pear vinaigrette and sumac seared halibut with guests. Photo by Teko Photography.

Guests making buttons

Guests making buttons inspired by the exhibition and past editions of American Indian magazine. Photo by Teko Photography.

Guests making buttons inspired by the exhibition and past editions of American Indian magazine. Photo by Teko Photography.

Americans gallery full of people

The Americans gallery was packed throughout the night with guests enjoying the exhibition and speaking with Museum staff about their behind-the-scenes work. Photo by Teko Photography.

The Americans gallery was packed throughout the night with guests enjoying the exhibition and speaking with Museum staff about their behind-the-scenes work. Photo by Teko Photography.

The evening included a variety of food and drinks from local D.C. and Native-owned businesses. Guests enjoyed a poke bar from Hawaiian-owned Abunai Poke and cooking demonstrations by the Mitsitam Café’s Chef Freddie Bitsoie. Museum members and firsttime visitors alike sampled beers from Right Proper Brewing Company, a signature cocktail by Republic Restoratives and a variety of wines from the Cedar Band of Paiutes’ Twisted Cedar Wines. For dessert, attendees sampled mini cones scooped by Ice Cream Jubilee.

Music by D.J. Little Bacon Bear resonated from the Potomac Atrium to the third floor where guests explored the Americans gallery. They could take in the exhibition, chat with curators Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche) and Cécile R. Ganteaume and speak with Museum Collections and Rights & Reproductions staff about their contributions to the project. No guests left without making their own button – or two! – inspired by the exhibition. In addition, Museum members received a special, commemorative exhibition pin. The gallery was packed throughout the night.

A Host Committee of influential members of the community helped generate interest for the event, which was made possible through the generous support of the National Museum of the American Indian National Council. Stay tuned for more information about the next after hours event taking place this October during the Museum’s Day of the Dead Festival.

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