As noted in a U.S. Senate article, a joint resolution designating November as American Indian Month was passed and signed into law in 1990. To honor this designation, the Grace Museum partnered with Abilene Christian University to create an exhibit celebrating Native American Heritage here locally.
The commemoration kicks off today, November 17, at The Grace from 6-7 p.m. with a Native American dance showcase. The non-profit organization Great Promise for American Indians will present traditional dances originating from here in the United States, as well as Mexico, South America and the Caribbean.
Dances will include:
- Men’s grass dance
- Female jingle dance
- Fantasy dance for men and boys
- Women’s Cloth Dance
- Girl Fancy Shawl Dance
From 7 to 8 p.m., visitors can create a pictograph in the Grace Museum’s creative lab and enjoy the Native American cultural heritage exhibit in the 3rd floor galleries.
Some of my distant ancestors were Native Americans and I can tell you from my own experiences that it’s an interesting culture. With this local exhibit, you’ll learn about the history of Indigenous peoples right here in the Big Country, as well as in greater Texas.
This is a great opportunity, especially during the upcoming holidays, to take the family out for a fun chance to learn some cultural history. The Native American Heritage exhibit runs through November 30 at The Grace, located at 102 Cypress Street in downtown Abilene.
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