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Native American Festival

The festival happens every November at Hastings Museum.

This annual festival is an incredible opportunity to gain insight into the culture and life of Native Americans. Hundreds of students journey to the Hastings Museum each year to take part.  Sign up today!

This year’s festival will be held on Thurs., Nov. 5, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2014 highlights included:

The 2014 Native American Festival
was sponsored in part by:
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Dance lessons with Garan Coons from the Oglala Lakota and Navajo tribes. We featured two speakers: Nancy Gillis, who is part Cherokee and Choctaw, who presented A Brief History of the Five Tribes of Nebraska: Omaha, Ponca, Pawnee, Santee, and Winnebago; and Mathew “Sitting Bear” Jones presented Otoe and Missouria Meet Big Knives. Students made traditional pinch pots with Nancy Fairbanks, enjoyed music with Pam and Tim Smith, and made an instrument to take home. Many other hands-on learning stations were featured on all three floors of the Museum. This event was sponsored in part by grants from the Nebraska Humanities Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and the Nebraska Arts Council.

Note: Reservations are required for student groups. For more information, or to register, please contact Visitor Services at 402.461.4629 or 800.508.4629, option zero.

Special Event Pricing for 2014

Students, teachers and chaperones:
Schools within Hastings city limits: $2.00 per person
Schools from outside Hastings city limits: $4.00 per person

Museum Members:
Adults and Seniors: $3.00 per person
Children: $2.00 per person

Non-Museum Members:
Adults: $7.00 per person
Seniors: $6.00 per person
Children: $5.00 per person



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