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National Museum of the American Indian Hosts
Multicultural Festival as Part of Inaugural Events
The Smithsonianâ€™s National Museum of the American Indian will host â€œOut of Many: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance and Storyâ€ from Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, through . The three-day program to commemorate the inauguration of Barack Obama will feature daily performances of live music, dancing and storytelling in the museum from a variety of cultural traditions. All performances are free and open to the public.
Forty groups will appear, including:
Alma Boliviana, who perform traditional dances of the Andes
Cambodian Buddhist Society, who perform traditional music and dance from Cambodia
Washington Chinese Youth Club, who will perform traditional Lion dances
KanKouran, West African Dancers from Senegal
Gayle Ross, Cherokee storyteller
Mariachi Los Amigos, a mariachi ensemble
Halau O ‘Aulani, who will perform Native Hawaiian music and dance
Narrowbacks, who will perform traditional Irish music accompanied by championship Irish step dancers
New Klezmer Quintet, which features Jewish traditional/jazz/fusion music
The Plateros, a Navajo blues and rock band
The Wild Zappers, a hearing-impaired
Yaaw Tei Yi Dancers, a Tlingit group from Juneau , Alaska
The festival is presented in partnership with the Cultural Heritage, with assistance from the National Council for the , Smithsonian Latino Center, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and the Center for Folklife and
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Traditional Arts. For more information visit the National Museum of the American Indianâ€™s Web site, www.AmericanIndian.si.edu.
In addition to the inauguration festival, the National Museum of the American Indian will open a small photo exhibition, â€œA Century Agoâ€¦They Came as Sovereign Leadersâ€ Jan. 14, 2009. In honor of the 2009 inauguration, the exhibition focuses on President Theodore Rooseveltâ€™s 1905 inaugural parade and the six great chiefs who participated in the procession. The chiefs included Buckskin Charlie (Ute), American Horse (Oglala Sioux), Quanah Parker (Comanche), Geronimo ( ), (Brule Sioux) and Little Plume (Piegan ). The exhibition goes beyond the intent of President Rooseveltâ€™s inaugural committee, which was to add color to the show. The six Native leaders had questions and actively sought President Rooseveltâ€™s attention to their concerns, arriving with their own purposes in mind and representing the needs of their people. The exhibition remains open until .