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Family Day

July 23 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in partnership with the Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and St. Kateri Center of Chicago

Join us for an afternoon of summer fun featuring crafts, food, native artists, and so much more!

Schedule of Events


All Day Craft Station

  • Dan Melone – Lithic Tools Station  
  • Stacy Vittal, Tribal Sidewalk Art

Native artist booths, Info booths, and Food will be available during the event.

11am-12pm Flint Knapping with Verlyn “Buzz” Spreeman and Dan Melone

Learn how stone and flint is shaped into arrow heads. 

11-12pm Critter Visit with Evanston Ecology Center

Join the Mitchell Museum for a Critter Visit with the Evanston Ecology Center! Meet live animals up close, as we learn about each animal’s unique adaptations, the senses that they use, the groups they belong to, and the important roles that they play in their habitats.

12pm Music by Mark Jourdan

Mark Jourdan is a Ho-Chunk and Oneida singer/songwriter based out of Chicago, IL. He grew up in Chicago spending his summers and weekends traveling the Midwest and Canada going to pow-wows with his family. Music has always played a big part of his life. Driving across the country with his family made the radio and tape players as much of a part of the family as his siblings. His father took him to see B.B. King when he was 16 and that was his first experience of what it meant to “own a room”.


12:15pm-1:15pm Stacy Vittal, Tribal Sidewalk Art

Please join us in painting local tribal designs which will flow from the creation story mural to the sidewalks of the Mitchell Museum.


1:30pm-2:30pm Native American Pottery Class: the Art of Hand Building Clay Pots with Indigenous Designs with Jennifer Stevens

Jennifer M. Stevens is currently a resident of Bayview-Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin through her father and Oglala Lakota through her Mother. She was born in Alexandria, Virginia and raised on the Oneida Nation-De Pere, Wisconsin and received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Art from St. Norbert College. She has weaved a creative life as a classical singer and visual artist. She studied Classical Singing and Opera nationally and internationally and she studied Classical Art in college and traditional Oneida Pottery with prominent woodland Indigenous artists such as; Rose K. Kerstetter, Peter B. Jones, and Richard Zane Smith.

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Admission: Free with Regular Museum Admission; Mitchell Museum Members Free. Admission for Native citizens is always free.  Want to become a member? You can find out information here.

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For more information about this program, please contact: info@mitchellmuseum.org | (847) 475-1030


July 23
11:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT


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Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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