Monday, October 14, 2019
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Free admission. 
All events are free.

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Free admission for all!

Enjoy free admission and special events at the MFA for Indigenous Peoples’ Day—and the Fenway Alliance’s 18th annual Opening Our Doors Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and celebrates the heritage of Native Americans and the histories of their nations and communities. Enjoy music and dance, take a tour of our Native North American Art Gallery and respond to our collection, and drop in on family art-making activities and artist demonstrations.

Co-created and presented in partnership with Akomawt Educational Initiative and Jonathan James-Perry, Tribal Citizen of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Nation.

Founded in 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, stands on the historic homelands of the Massachusett people, a site which has long served as a place of meeting and exchange among different nations.

Special Events

Share Your Thoughts

10 am–4 pm, Huntington Avenue Lawn

What do you see when you look at Cyrus Dallin’s sculpture Appeal to the Great Spirit? Share your thoughts about this artwork. Your response will inform its future interpretation.


Welcome and Blessing

1:30 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director; Elizabeth Solomon, Member of the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag; Jonathan James-Perry, Tribal Citizen of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Nation; and Chris Newell, Passamaquoddy, Akomawt Educational Initiative.

ASL interpreter

Music and Dance

Native American Hoop Dance featuring Lisa Odjig (Ojibwe)

11 am and 2 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Watch as two-time World Hoop Dance Champion Lisa Odjig tells the story of creation using music, dance, and multiple flexible hoops. Narrated by renowned musician and MC Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy).


Jennifer Kreisberg

11 am and 1 pm, Remis Auditorium

Mother, singer, composer, producer, teacher, and activist—Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora, North Carolina) comes from four generations of Seven Singing Sisters through her maternal line. She is known for her fierce vocals and soaring range.

Free performance ticket required. Limited availability: first come, first served. Performance tickets available at Remis Auditorium starting 60 minutes before show times.

Assistive Listening System

Iron River Singers

10–10:30 am and 11:30–Noon, Huntington Avenue Entrance
3:30–4 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Enjoy hand drum and contemporary powwow songs from Iron River Singers, an intertribal northern-style group comprised of Ojibwe, Abenaki, and Wampanoag singers from the South Coast of Massachusetts.


The Kingfisher Dance Theater

11:30 am, 1, and 3 pm, Gallery 250

Enjoy interactive song and dance with members of the Southern New England Native community.

Art-Making Activities and Artist Demonstration

Wampum Making

10 am–Noon, Education Center in the Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159

Elizabeth James-Perry is an Aquinnah Wampanoag artist, speaker, and culture bearer.

ASL interpreter

Pottery Making

Noon–4 pm, Education Center in the Druker Family Pavilion, Room 160

Kerri Helme is a Mashpee Wampanoag artist, speaker, and culture bearer.


Beadwork Demonstration

10 am–1 pm, Gallery 168

Sparrow Plainbull is a Haliwa-Saponi artist, dancer, educator, and culture bearer.

ASL interpreter

Tours

Examining the Collection

10:30 am and 2:30 pm, LG33

Join Akomawt Educational Initiative educators and MFA curators in the Native North American Art Gallery as they discuss the defining characteristics of “Native art” and who gets to make these decisions. Hear about techniques used in the works on display and learn about the ever-changing cultural contexts in which we understand them.

ASL interpreter
2:30 pm
Assistive Listening System

ASL Tour

11:30 am, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join Takiyah Harris on a free guided tour to explore highlights of the Museum collections. Tour is 60 minutes.

ASL only

Guided Tours

Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
10:30 am, Highlights of the Museum Collections
11:30 am, Art of Asia
12:15 pm, Art of the Americas
12:30 pm, 3 in 30 Minutes
1 pm, Introduction to the Contemporary Collection
1:45 pm, Art of Europe
2:30 pm, Art of the Ancient World
3:15 pm, Highlights of the Museum Collections

Join a free guided tour to explore highlights from the Museum’s many collections.

Assistive Listening System

Film

Dawnland

2 pm, Alfond Auditorum

Directed by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip (USA, 2017, 86 min.). Digital.

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to “save” them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” begins a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

Free performance ticket required. Limited availability: first come, first served. Performance tickets available at Alfond Auditorium starting 30 minutes before show times.

Assistive Listening System

Additional Information

The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Accessibility, e-mail access@mfa.org, or call 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY). Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.

Tickets are required for free Museum admission, available at all ticket desks.

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