We’re @: The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.
What’s here: Native artifacts and images covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, displays in the voice of the many nations that fall under the American Indian title, modern art and exhibits focused on our surviving tribes and their history.
We’ll never forget: The Mitsitam cafeteria is amazing. If you come here and you don’t eat, you’re missing out on an opportunity to experience a native feast. We liked the Buffalo chili and honey fry-bread the best.
Our favorite presentation: The imagiNations interactive exhibit is where we spent the most time. Grab a passport and spend time learning about the gifts the native population have brought to our culture. Aren liked the skateboard. Iden enjoyed the music. Erysse like the weaving, puzzles and art.
Lucky moment: We found street parking about two blocks away, in front of the FAA building.
Wait for this: There is a daily highlights tour at 1:30 p.m. with a cultural interpreter. Even if you don’t have time for the tour, wait for the introduction. The Potomac Atrium fills with the sound of drums, music and singing.
Did you know: What is the correct terminology: American Indian, Indian, Native American, or Native? According to museum officials, “All of these terms are acceptable. The consensus, however, is that whenever possible, Native people prefer to be called by their specific tribal name. In the United States, Native American has been widely used but is falling out of favor with some groups, and the terms American Indian or indigenous American are preferred by many Native people.”