American Indian Heritage Day 2020

Online Program

September 25, 2020

Join the Bullock Museum and Great Promise for American Indians in a virtual celebration of the 8th Annual American Indian Heritage Day!

Event Details

With House Bill 174, the Texas State Legislature named the last Friday in September American Indian Heritage Day, which recognizes the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian communities and leaders have made to the state.

The day will feature a range of virtual activities including dancing performances, interactive Distance Learning classes, storytelling, artmaking, and learning activities to explore at home or in school that celebrate the traditional and contemporary performance arts of Texas's American Indian groups.

Scheduled Live Events

  • Distance Learning Native Cultures in Texas Webinar | 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    Join a Bullock Museum educator and the Becoming Texas curator for a live webinar. Compare the ways of life of diverse American Indian peoples who called Texas home. Take a close look at the artifacts that tell the story of the development of native communities in Texas.

    This program is designed for elementary and middle school audiences, but we invite anyone who is looking for an enriching and fun experience to connect with us.


  • Interactive Storytelling Webinar | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Join Chickasaw storyteller, Amy Bluemel, for a live storytelling session that explores traditional stories and history. Amy travels the United States educating about Southeastern people and other native tribes. This event will bring history and culture to life!


Activities at Your Leisure

American Indian Dance Performance

Discover the history and personal stories of contemporary American Indian dancers.


Hands-on Art Making

Bullock Museum craft activities

(~10-15 minutes)

Form a coil pot from clay using Caddo pottery as inspiration.
Activity materials: Air-dry Clay, PlayDough, or Model Magic, plastic knife, and toothpick

Make a patterned armband inspired by American Indian beadwork.
Activity materials: Bullock Museum Armband template, scissors, tape, and 3 colors of markers or crayons

Create your own "bison hide art" to tell a story.
Activity materials: Construction paper, paper grocery bag, or fabric, scissors, and markers or crayons

Great Promise for American Indians video tutorials

(~15-25 minutes)

Make a corn husk doll while learning about the Haudenosaunee origin story of the Corn Husk Doll.
Activity materials: 5 corn husks, scissors, string, felt sheet (optional), and bowl of water

Create a dreamcatcher and learn about the story of this traditional native craft.
Activity materials: hoop at least 3 inches in diameter, 1 spool of 1/8 inch ribbon, 1-3 beads for decoration, 1 feather, and scissors

Try your hand at beading by crafting a pony bead keychain in the shape of a lizard.
Activity materials: plastic cord, key chain ring, scissors, and total of 50 pony beads: 36 green pony beads for body, 12 orange or yellow pony beads for feet, 2 black pony beads for eyes

Watch On-Demand Videos

Jeri Redcorn, Caddo pottery
Jeri Redcorn is recognized nationally and internationally for reviving Caddo pottery. Here she shares the clays, techniques, and tools her Caddo ancestors would have used.

Miranda Nax’ce Meyer, Tonkawa beading
Miranda Nax’ce Meyer of the Tonkawa Tribe shares the importance of traditional bead work and its role in keeping Tonkawa culture alive.

Projectile Point
Discovered in central Texas, this stone point with a broken tip was made at least 16,000 years ago. This one small point challenges our ideas of when humans arrived in Texas.

La Belle
Archaeologists located the sunken 17th century French ship La Belle and began a decades-long process of excavating, recovering, and conserving the ship's hull, along with more than 1.6 million artifacts.

Saint Francis Santo
The Franciscans in the missions of San Antonio used figures such as this Santo of St. Francis to communicate their faith to the American Indian groups of Texas.

Mission Gate
A master craftsman with a high level of expertise in woodworking made this pair of mesquite gates for a mission.

Eric Tippeconnic, Comanche artist
Filled with symbolism and meaning, Eric Tippeconnic's paintings highlight the strength, beauty, and grace of the Comanche past and present.

Learning Resources


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School Programs are generously funded by Featured Sponsors The Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation, Supporting Sponsors The Honorable Kent R. Hance and The William Stamps Farish Fund, and Contributing Sponsor The Burdine Johnson Foundation.