Fourth annual American Indian Heritage Day celebration planned

Great Promise, Bullock Museum partner to host ceremony, live drumming, dancing and educational activities

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 (AUSTIN, TX) - A variety of performances and educational opportunities will highlight the fourth annual Texas American Indian Heritage Day celebration on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Presented in partnership with Great Promise for American Indians, the event will feature public performances during the day at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and a public celebration that evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Led by State Representative Roberto Alonzo Dist. 104 (D-Dallas), members of the Texas State Legislature passed H.B. No. 174 in 2013 to create a day to honor the history and heritage of American Indians in Texas and to recognize their many contributions to Texas culture. Held the last Friday in September, American Indian Heritage Day celebrates the historical, cultural and social contributions of American Indian communities to the state. This is observed through ceremonies, activities and programs in public schools and other places to celebrate traditional and contemporary American Indian culture.

Dancing, drumming, storytelling and educational presentations will occur throughout the day at the museum. School groups have been invited to s daytime program and will participate in activities that illustrate Native American cultural traditions including storytelling, clothing decoration, art creation and food ways.

In the evening, the public is invited to enjoy the traditional and contemporary performance arts of Texas's American Indian groups. This free public program will honor American Indian history, and highlight the continued vibrant cultural traditions through dancing and drumming performances.

For more information, visit www.TheStoryofTexas.com, call the Bullock Museum at  (512) 436-4649 or Great Promise for American Indians at (512) 371-0628.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin includes three floors of exhibitions, an IMAX® theater, a special-effects theater, café and museum store. The Museum collaborates with more than 700 museums, libraries, archives and individuals to display original historical artifacts and produce exhibitions that illuminate and celebrate Texas history and culture. Named for the state's 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, the iconic building is at 1800 N. Congress Avenue. For more, visit TheStoryofTexas.com or call (512) 936-8746.

American Indian Heritage Day

This press release is part of the American Indian Heritage Day 2016 Media Kit

Held annually on the last Friday in September, American Indian Heritage Day celebrates the historical, cultural and social contributions of American Indian communities to the state. The Bullock Museum and Great Promise for American Indians host dancing, drumming, storytelling and educational presentations to celebrate traditional and contemporary American Indian culture. View Media Kit