Grand Procession celebrates Native identity through 23 colorful and meticulously detailed objects that are much more than dolls. Traditionally made by female relatives using buffalo hair, hide, porcupine quills, and shells, figures like these have long served as both toys and teaching tools for American Indian communities. These dolls—on loan from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection—represent Plains and Plateau tribes and the work of five artists: Rhonda Holy Bear (Cheyenne River Lakota), Joyce Growing Thunder (Assiniboine/Sioux), Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (Assiniboine/Sioux), Jessa Rae Growing Thunder (Assiniboine/Sioux), and Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock). Their superb craftsmanship and attention to detail imbue these figures with a remarkable presence and power, turning a centuries-old tradition into a contemporary art form.
12 Noon: After entering museum, go to our initial meeting point, the Potomac Atrium. View location on map here.
12:15: Proceed to Indian Dolls exhibition.
1 PM: Go to Mitsatim Café
CLOSEST METRO: L'Enfant Plaza (Blue, Orange, Green, & Yellow Lines)
Street parking is free on Sunday, but please allow for up to 40 minutes to find a parking space and walk from your vehicle to our meeting point in the museum.
If you are new to this group, I suggest that you arrive early or on time for the best possible socializing experience. Thank you.