October 27, 2019 – 1:00 pm

Free Family Festival Day

1:00–5:30 p.m.

Celebrate the legacy, relationships, and power of women artists as we explore artwork from Native North America, spanning prehistory to the present. Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy a FREE day of performances, gallery programs, and studio activities inspired by the exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists.

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1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Ramona Moore Big Eagle, Auditorium, Main Level
Ramona Moore Big Eagle is a professional storyteller, oral historian, legend keeper, and TEDx speaker. She is from the Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina Reservation and lives in Charlotte. Join Ramona as she shares legends about powerful women from the Cherokee and Tuscarora Nations.

Traditional, Fancy, and Jingle Dancing
2:30 p.m.
The Robinson Family, Auditorium, Main Level
Siouxsan and Charles Robinson and their children celebrate their Native roots—Choctaw, Lakota, and Blackfoot—through traditional artforms like dancing. Witness the beauty of the traditional, fancy, and jingle dance, dances often performed at Native American Pow Wows across the USA & Canada.


Chitimacha Basketry
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Melissa Darden, Grand Lobby, Main Level
Melissa Darden is the chair of the Chitimacha Tribal Council and one of the few remaining basket weavers of the Chitimacha Tribe near Charenton, Louisiana. The artwork of Melissa’s ancestor Clara Darden can be seen in the exhibition Hearts of Our People. Visit Melissa to learn about the rich history and processes of Chitimacha basketry.

Presented in conjunction with Vanderbilt University’s Department of History

Choctaw Beadwork
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Sally Wells and Madison Dean, Grand Lobby, Main Level
Sally Wells is the vice president of the Native American Association of Tennessee, a master artist in the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, and the recipient of a 2019 Governor’s Arts Award for Folklife Heritage. Sally learned traditional Choctaw beadwork from her grandmother and is now sharing the legacy with her granddaughter Madison Dean. Stop by to see Sally and Madison’s beautiful examples of Choctaw jewelry and beading techniques.

2:00–4:00 p.m.
Maranda Frazier, Grand Lobby and Turner Courtyard, Main Level
Maranda represents the Mississippi Band of Choctaw as the goodwill ambassador for the NAIA. Say hello and grab a photo with Maranda in our Grand Lobby or Turner Courtyard.


Martin ArtQuest® Gallery
1:00–5:30 p.m., Upper Level
Experiment with a variety of exciting hands-on art activities, featuring stations connected to Eric Carle’s Picture Books.

Nature Dot Painting
1:00–5:00 p.m., Studio A, Upper Level
Celebrate your relationship to the natural world through dot painting inspired by Christi Belcourt’s Wisdom of the Universe.

Girl Power Portrait Pendant
1:00–5:00 p.m., Studio B, Upper Level
Which women or girls have left powerful impressions on your life? Make a portrait of one of your heroes and then wear it proudly.

Legacy Photo Frame
1:00–5:00 p.m., Studio C, Upper Level
Your family’s legacy can include actions or beliefs that carry on across generations. Work together to create a frame, and then take it home to add your favorite family photo.


1:00–5:00 p.m.
Rechter Room, Main Level
Molly of Denali is the first nationally distributed children’s show to feature an Alaska native as the main character. Join ten-year-old Molly on adventures at the Denali Trading Post in Qyah.

Created and produced by Atomic Cartoons and WGBH Kids for PBS Kids and CBC Television.

1:30–3:30 p.m.
Ingram Gallery, Main Level
Connect with Hearts of Our People through sight, scent, and touch.

Table Games
1:00–4:00 p.m., Grand Lobby
Try your hand at Zohn Al, a game originated by the Kiowa people, or Fighting Serpents, a game attributed to the Zuni people.

Hoop and Pole
2:00–4:00 p.m., Turner Courtyard
Line up to take your shot in our version of this fun and exciting Lakhóta game.

12:30–5:30 p.m.

Frist Café
Main Level
A variety of freshly made food for the whole family

Food Trucks
McGavock Street

Brick and Motor
Third-generation restaurateurs offering a family-friendly menu, featuring gourmet sandwiches, pasta, chili, Belgian fries, and unique desserts

Love at First Bite
A plethora of baked goods and cupcakes sure to please any palate

The Urban Juicer
Healthy, fresh, and inspired food options, including juices, smoothies, and bowls

No outside food or beverage may be brought into the Frist Art Museum or consumed in the Frist café.

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists
Ingram Gallery, Main Level

Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
Upper-Level Galleries

OSGEMEOS: In between
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery, Main Level

Murals of North Nashville Now
Conte Community Arts Gallery, Main Level

We thank our local advisers for their guidance and advice on this exhibition:
Erin Adams, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
Johnna Blackhair (Citizen of Chippewa/Cree Tribe), Bureau of Indian Affairs
Kitcki Carroll (Citizen of Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes), United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.
Ray Emanuel (Citizen of Lumbee Tribe), Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
Debbie Shaw, Tennessee State Museum
Bill Wells, Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
Sally Wells (Citizen of Mississippi Band of Choctaw), Native American Indian Association of Tennessee



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