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Highlights

  • Hawaiian Culture Films

    The Penn Museum screens two films that express the spirit of Aloha and traditional Hawai’ian values. In "A Place in the Middle" by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson (2014), a young Hawaiian girl who dreams of leading her all male hula troupe is inspired by her transgender teacher who knows what it is like to be “in the middle.” "Heart of the Sea" by Lisa Denker (2002) is called “a love poem to Hawaii’s matriarchal heritage,”and tells the legend of Rell Kapolioka ‘ehukai Sunn, surfing champion and breast cancer activist.

  • Native American Soapstone Vessels

    For thousands of years Native Americans in eastern Pennsylvania carved vessels and other objects from soapstone. West Chester University Archaeologist Heather Wholey explains how archaeology helps to understand and reconstruct the craft of soapstone vessel carving. At the National Constitution Center. This is one of 25 talks featured at: Explore Philadelphia's Buried Past, 2016! A Pennsylvania Archaeology Month Celebration! A FREE program of illustrated talks about the newest artifacts and archaeological site discoveries in our area.

  • Nation to Nation

    Treaties between the US and American Indian nations. Book signing with Suzan Shown Harjo. Nation to Nation explores the promises, diplomacy, and betrayals involved in treaties and treaty making between the United States government and Native Nations. One side sought to own the riches of North America and the other struggled to hold on to traditional homelands and ways of life. The book reveals how the ideas of honor, fair dealings, good faith, rule of law, and peaceful relations between nations have been tested and challenged in historical and modern times. Published in conjuction with an exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, the book also commemorates that museum's tenth anniversary.