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Grand Procession of American Indian Dolls & Lunch After Party @ Mitsitam Café

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.

ITINERARY

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.

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  • mary

    Got to drive an air motorbike (vroom vroom) and eat pie.

    April 22, 2013

  • mary

    Didn't realize that they were going to be contemporary art - so learned something! A beautiful day with good company and the first fat yellow butterfly of the season.

    April 22, 2013

  • LaTanya

    Great event. Nice to meet everyone!

    April 22, 2013

  • Cathy

    A + again to our coordinator. Well done. Great show very interesting and all the details each doll had.

    April 22, 2013

    • Jeryl

      Thank you, Cathy! :)

      April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Small display that one could view within an hour with native cuisine downstairs.

    April 22, 2013

  • Louisa

    I loved the doll exhibit! These Native Indian women are master crafters, so much detail, so much beauty, so much uniqueness. Thank you Jeryl for organizing this meet up, it was great meeting you!

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • Jeryl

      Nice meeting you, too, Louisa!

      April 21, 2013

  • Tom F.

    Beautiful dolls! I never realized how much goes into them.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Yet another great event, Jeryl!

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Deidre

    I could not make it. Sorry for late notice.

    April 21, 2013

  • Stephanie M.

    Had to change my plans. Maybe next time.

    April 21, 2013

  • David

    Just got a wake up call from work, not going to be able to make it.....

    April 21, 2013

  • Jenny

    Sorry, something came up. Hope to make it to the next event.

    April 20, 2013

  • Chris

    Sorry about the late cancellation but I'm not feeling good. See you at another meetup.

    April 20, 2013

  • Andy

    Sorry, too much graduate homework at end of semester...must do it!!!

    April 20, 2013

  • Stephanie M.

    I may be bringing a friend.

    April 20, 2013

  • isaura

    Thank you but can't this time

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI - changing my RSVP to include only me -- my friend is not coming.

    April 20, 2013

  • Marilyn

    Hello. I had a family emergency and cannot attend. Looking forward to next time.

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, will be my first time attending this group meeting. Looking forward to meeting new people. Lorena

    1 · April 14, 2013

    • Jeryl

      Welcome, Lorena!

      April 16, 2013

  • Main H.

    my first time with interesting wonderful singles have fun together. I'm Main.

    1 · April 15, 2013

    • Jeryl

      Welcome, Main!

      April 16, 2013

  • David

    This will be my first event with you guys. Looking forward to it!

    1 · April 3, 2013

    • Jeryl

      Welcome, David!

      April 3, 2013

  • Terry

    Will join for lunch.

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    February 26, 2013

  • Deb G.

    Will come for the event but not the Cafe. thanks!

    February 26, 2013

  • Andy

    Very Interesting!!

    February 24, 2013

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