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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. 16, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 The 2017 Native American Festival
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Don’t miss our 11th 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 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.

This year’s focus will be on Native American dances, the history of Lakota women, Native American children’s games, cornhusk dolls, Pawnee pinch pots, Native American folklore, Pawnee farming practices, Inuit homes, Lewis and Clark peace medals, and beading. Register now and your students will get the opportunity to:

  • Experience the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe in full regalia
  • Create Pawnee pinch pots with Nancy Fairbanks
  • Learn about Lakota women from a member of the Lakota Rosebud Sioux tribe
  • Craft a cornhusk doll
  • Play Native American games
  • Enjoy a puppet show of a Native American tale



This event was sponsored in part by grants from 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 2017

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


Sign Up Your class Today.

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