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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 2015 Native American Festival
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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
  • 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

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, the 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 402.461.2399.

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

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