American Indian Heritage Day activities planned

Bullock Museum, Great Promise for American Indians to host cultural celebration

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 (AUSTIN, TX) — A variety of performances and educational opportunities will highlight the second annual Texas American Indian Heritage Day celebration on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at the Bullock Texas History Museum, 1800 North Congress Avenue in Austin. Presented by the museum and Great Promise for American Indians, the event will feature public performances during the day at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and an evening performance from 7 to 9 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 of celebration to honor the history and heritage of American Indians in Texas and to recognize their many contributions to Texas culture. The last Friday in September has been designated as American Indian Heritage Day in Texas to recognize 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 the daytime program and will participate in activities that illustrate traditional Native American arts and crafts, such as ribbon shirt making, jewelry design and American Indian drawing techniques.

In the evening, the public is invited to enjoy live performances and a celebration of contemporary American Indian artists beginning at 7 p.m. in the museum lobby. The program will include an Entry of Nations ceremony, dancing and drumming performances, flute playing and art displays.

For more information, visit TheStoryofTexas.com, call the Bullock Museum at (512) 936-4649, or contact Great Promise for American Indians at (512) 371-0628.

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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 2015 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