Mitchell Museum
of the American Indian

3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201


Museum Events May 2016

Spotlight Tours:

Wednesdays 4:00 - 4:30 PM & Saturdays 1:30 - 2:00 PM

For the month of May, we will examine Native American Housing Styles. Learn about the diversity of Native American housing styles their relationships to local materials..


Flute Group

Alternating Thursdays 6:00 - 7:45 PM

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Friday, May 6, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Free General Admission Day


May Weekend Arts Activities:

Spider Woman's Gifts:

Every Saturday from 11:00AM-12:00 PM and Sunday from 12:30PM-1:30PM

The month of May will feature the Spider. Spider are important figures in the culture of many Native Peoples across the continent. For the Pueblo and Dineh Peoples, Spider Woman is a creator, teacher, protector, and grandmother who bestowed, among many things, the gift of weaving. This month's activities will celebrate the spider's gifts with weaving activities and your very spider puppet.


Recognizing the Invisible: Bringing Greater Awareness to Native Peoples:

May 10, 12:00-1:00PM

In partnership with the Chicago Community Trust, Join us for On the Table, an annual forum designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and create a unifying experience across the region. We will address how we can bring greater focus and recognition to issues surrounding Native Peoples. In particular, we would like to explore how we can replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day throughout the City of Evanston and beyond. This is a movement to recognize and celebrate Indigenous Peoples in the United States. Cities like Seattle, Minneapolis, and Denver have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Join us for a brown bag lunch to share your thoughts and ideas about Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the City of Evanston.

Free Event


First Nations Film and Video Festival

Thursday, May 12

6:00-7:30 PM

Join us for an evening of short films by Native American directors and writers. This spring we offer a wide selection of films. While they are varied, many of them share a couple of themes: the voice of mothers, and a recapturing of "traditional" art as a way of healing.

The Film Festival is a FREE event and will be held in the Stanley Golder Library.

OTHER Written and Directed by Rodrick Pocowatchit (5:00)
A Native man goes on a job interview and discovers a glaring omission on the job application.

The 7th Wave by Derrick LaMere (40:00)
In 1989, Emmit Oliver, a Quinault Tribal elder organized the “Paddle to Seattle” as a part of Washington State Centennial Ceremony revitalizing a tradition that was lost for many years. now known as the Canoe Journey, the event has become symbol of cultural revitalization on a national level. In 2013, the Quinault hosted what was one of the largest Canoe Journey in Native American history. This film follows their journey in the days leading up to The Paddle to Quinault.

Clouds of Autumn by Trevor Mack (14:49)
Set on the Tsilhqot’in plateau in the 1970’s, Clouds of Autumn focuses on a young Indigenous boy named William and his older sister Shayl. The film explores the impact Canadian residential schools had on the relationships of First Nations children with themselves, their heritage, and nature itself.

They Called Her Sam by Karen Beddard (22:20)
An Inuk man's personal examination of the inter-generational effects of the Canadian Residential School system through his (largely non-existent) relationship with his Inuk mother.

Spirit of the Bluebird by Xstine Cook (5:45)
Using spray paint on a fence and garage where Aboriginal mother and grandmother Gloria Black Plume was brutally murdered in 1999, Cree artist Jesse Gouchey paints a large scale animation of a bluebird in flight. The beauty and freedom of the bluebird's motion is contrasted with remembrances of Gloria's surviving family members, who give an emotional glimpse of a woman lost to violence and the injustice of the legal system. 'Spirit of the Bluebird' is a fitting tribute to a woman who embodied the bluebird spirit and speaks to deeper themes of the ongoing mistreatment of Canada's Aboriginal peoples by the criminal justice system, and the long term negative effects of the Residential School system. Music by Kainai singer Jonathan Tall Man, Gloria Black Plume's gifted nephew, weaves effortlessly throughout.

We Make Stories Out of Totem Poles by Sean Stiller (8:09)
The Kwakwak’wakw First Nation of Vancouver Island is recognized internationally for its rich history of art and expert craftsmanship. The long-lasting effects of residential schools left many carvers disconnected from the meanings and stories behind traditional carvings. This short film opens a window into the world of Charles Joseph, a residential school survivor and a rare master carver in the community that still knows the stories.

Handcrafted Hopedale by Jenn Brown (5:33)
If you want to find world-class artisans, the small northern Labrador community of Hopedale offers you some of the best. Created through the St. John's International Women's Film Festival's FRAMED film education series, in partnership with the Nunatsiavut government, this film focuses on three prominent local crafts people- two carvers and one traditional sewist.

Katatjanik Utippalianinga (The Return of Throat Singing) by Jenn Brown (7:00)
The community of Nain in northern Labrador is rich with breathtaking landscapes and people with a strong storytelling history. Created through the St. John's International Women's Film Festival's FRAMED film educations series, in partnership with the Nunatsiavut Government, this film explores throat singing- a special talent and traditional game for both fun and public entertainment, which was nearly destroyed but has since been revived.

TOTAL RUN TIME: 1 hour, 49 minutes


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