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Smithsonian celebrates Indigenous cultures in nation's capital

Folklife Festival runs through July 1 on National Mall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the first time in the history of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the multi-day celebration in the nation's capital focuses entirely on Indigenous peoples.

Over six days, more than 250 artisans, musicians, chefs, dancers, storytellers and even athletes from Indigenous communities throughout the Americas are showcasing their cultures and heritages on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. At a welcoming ceremony on Wednesday, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, who is the first Native person to serve in a presidential cabinet, heralded the "beauty and bounty" that festival participants are sharing with the public.

"Every day that we celebrate, every day that we dance and sing and pray, we strengthen the bonds that assimilation policies sought to break among Native people," said Haaland, who is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, a tribal nation located in New Mexico.


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