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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. 17, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 2016 Native American Festival
was sponsored in part by:
Don’t miss our 10th annual Native American Festival (NAF). We’re featuring new collaborations with local partners, and we’re deeply grateful—as always—to our long-time supporters: Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and the Nebraska Arts Council. Signing up for the festival grants you and your students access to eight drop-in stations—all of which will be developed this year by Hastings College students enrolled in either teacher education courses or a Native American Life and Culture class.
Pre-registration is required for additional NAF stations. They include:
  • Artist Steve Tamayo, a member of the Sicangu Lakota tribe, leads students through creating watercolor paintings featuring Plains Indian symbolism
  • The Many Moccasins Dance Troupe  in full regalia! Performance will take place on our new stage in the Hastings Museum Theatre.
  • Jerome Kills Small, sharing Lakota children’s stories Details Here
  • Reading with the Hastings Public Library!
  • A game room featuring several stations
  • The Red Road Project, a fresh collection of stories and photographs that explore the relationship between Native Americans and their identity today Details Here

Register by calling in advance.

Pawnee Planetarium Show!
Written by the prestigious Adler Planetarium in Chicago, “Spirits From the Sky, Thunder On the Land” was recently converted into a digital full dome show by the Hastings Museum. The show takes an in-depth look at the Pawnee nation, which thrived in parts of Kansas and Nebraska from the late 1600s to the 1750s. Students will learn how the Pawnee organized their calendar according to which stars were visible in the sky, and hear the Pawnee creation legend.

This event was sponsored in part by grants from the Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Arts Council.


Note: Reservations are required for student groups. For more information, or to register, please contact Visitor Services at 402.461.2399.

Special Event Pricing for 2016

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: $8.00 per person
Seniors: $7.00 per person
Children: $6.00 per person

NEW This Year!

The Red Road Project is a fresh and candid collection of stories + photographs that explore the relationship between Native American people and their identity today. Our partnership as a photographer and writer duo makes for a multi-dimensional and engaging collaboration. Carlotta’s photographs capture the vivid story of the people we meet, while Danielle’s direct connection to Indian country offer an insider perspective.

Segregated at the bottom of society, Indigenous people in America have fought against stereotypes and the on-going attempts to see their cultural traditions, practices and language vanish. Dismal life expectancy, drug & alcohol addiction, sexual abuse, poverty, crime and the highest suicide rates in the country are just some of the issues American Indians face generation after generation. Time after time, these seem to be the only topics highlighted about these people in main stream media. However, it’s quite incredible just how resilient Native American people are and the inspiring stories we continue to capture through The Red Road Project prove just how hard the current generation is working to make a positive difference for their people.  Our mission is to educate and pass on these stories to anyone that is willing to listen.

See the Red Road Project Here

Sign Up Your class Today.

Session times are at: 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1pm & 2 pm
Each Session last approx. 40min