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Saturday’s Family Day At Nat’l Indian Museum

The Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, is offering a host of films and activities Saturday for Family Day.

Visitors are invited to stop by the museum’s Rasmuson Theater, where storytellers will be sharing their traditional tales. There also will be an explanation of sun symbols, as well as a chance for visitors to create their own star quilt patterns.

A double feature of short American Indian films will also be shown in the Rasmuson Theater every half hour. “The Beginning They Told,” in Cherokee with English subtitles, tells the story of the creation of earth from a piece of mud and was produced for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. “Box of Daylight,” a Tlingit tale of how the raven brought daylight to the world, was produced for the Sealaska Heritage Foundation.

All Family Day events are free and open to the public. However, timed passes may be required for entry if the museum is crowded. Timed passes may be purchased for a nominal fee through or by calling (800) 400-6624. In addition, same-day timed passes for the museum will be available starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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— Amy Carlile

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