Ecology and Tribal Cultures of North America: A Trip to the National Museums!
Sunday, August 9, 2015: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Charles St. Entrance, Baltimore Convention Center
Frank K. Lake, U.S. Forest Service
This one-day field trip will visit the National Museum of the American Indian (http://www.nmai.si.edu/visit/washington/
) and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to view the collections and exhibits pertaining to indigenous and tribal peoples of North America. This ESA-Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) section sponsored event, will emphasize and address tribal TEK of the ecology and cultural uses of ecosystems, habitats and valued species. A focus will be on the ecological aspects of plant and animal species harvested and utilized in making historical and contemporary American Indian art, crafts, artifacts, and regalia. Field trip participants will have time to view collections and see close up many different exhibits at the museums. Special featured shows in museum Theaters are planned. Arrangements have been made with museum curators to accompany the group and share more information than made available to the general public. Lunch will be available for purchase at the Museum of the American Indian’s renowned Mitsitam café
which features tribal food and unique cuisine from different North America’s tribal cultures (Meals $15-20 USD, http://nmai.si.edu/visit/washington/mitsitam-cafe/
). In the afternoon, the group will visit the National Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s tribal exhibits and collections (http://www.mnh.si.edu/
). The day will feature presentations on tribal TEK of collections and traditional storytelling.
Registration Fee: $35
Equipment and Attire: Comfortable clothing, sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, hat/sun protection, camera, notebook, field or backpack, water bottle, etc.
Itinerary: Leave Baltimore Convention Center at 8:30am. Arrive in Washington DC at National Museum of American Indian on the National Mall at 9:30am. View NMAI exhibits from 10:00am to 12:30pm. Lunch at NMAI-Mitsitam café and personal time from 12:30pm to 1:20pm. Leave NMAI at 1:30pm, arrive at Smithsonian Museum of Natural History at 1:45pm. View Smithsonian Museum of Natural History exhibits from 2:00pm until 4:00pm. Leave Natural History Museum-Washington DC at 4:15pm travel back to Baltimore, MD to arrive at Convention Center at 5:00pm.