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American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
A catalog of web links to Smithsonian educational sites related to Native Americans.

American Indian Heritage Month Family Day 2009 (Overview)

Smithsonian Education
A brief overview of the American Indian Heritage Month Family Day 2009 celebrations. Smithsonian American Indian Heritage Month Family Day 2009: From Deer to Dance November 14-15, 2009 National Museum of the American Indian

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National Postal Museum
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Q&A: Indian American Tennis Champion Rajeev Ram

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
Indian American tennis player Rajeev Ram visited Washington D.C. last week for the Citi Open tournament.  His trophy from the 2009 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. Interview conducted by Summer 2013 intern Nimita Uberoi Do you see yourself as a role […]

Q&A: Indian American Tennis Champion Rajeev Ram

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
Indian American tennis player Rajeev Ram visited Washington D.C. last week for the Citi Open tournament.  His trophy from the 2009 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. Interview conducted by Summer 2013 intern Nimita Uberoi Do you see yourself as a role […]

An Indian Gem at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
Since 2008, when Smithsonian’s Indian American Heritage Project began, we’ve been hearing from Indian Americans all over the United States about their family connections to the Smithsonian.  Here’s a photograph and anecdote from Khalid Maricar.  Do you have a family connection to the Smithsonian?  Tell us about it.   In the early 1950s, my grandfather, […]

An Indian Gem at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
Since 2008, when Smithsonian’s Indian American Heritage Project began, we’ve been hearing from Indian Americans all over the United States about their family connections to the Smithsonian.  Here’s a photograph and anecdote from Khalid Maricar.  Do you have a family connection to the Smithsonian?  Tell us about it.   In the early 1950s, my grandfather, […]

Lakshmi Shankar: A Life Journey That Echoes Indian Music’s Journey to the West

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
By Kavita Das In 2009, Lakshmi Shankar, an eighty-three year old acclaimed Indian classical music singer, received a Grammy Nomination for Best Traditional World Music Album. Many in the West came to know Lakshmi Shankar through her cross-cultural collaborations with George Harrison of The Beatles. But few know that offstage, they counted each other as […]

Lakshmi Shankar: A Life Journey That Echoes Indian Music’s Journey to the West

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
By Kavita Das In 2009, Lakshmi Shankar, an eighty-three year old acclaimed Indian classical music singer, received a Grammy Nomination for Best Traditional World Music Album. Many in the West came to know Lakshmi Shankar through her cross-cultural collaborations with George Harrison of The Beatles. But few know that offstage, they counted each other as […]

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National Postal Museum
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Beyond Bollywood: 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
A Message from Curator Masum Momaya Warm summer greetings! One year into my role as Curator of the Indian American Heritage Project and less than five months away from the opening of Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation exhibition, I wanted to share the five questions most frequently asked of me. 1. Will this […]

A Story with Roots in Sri Lanka

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
Many who come to know about Smithsonian’s Indian American Heritage Project (IAHP) ask us how this project came to be. Since our establishment in 1997, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center has launched several Asian Pacific American heritage initiatives that focused on specific communities—Vietnamese, Filipinos, Chinese, Japanese and more—in telling America’s whole story.  Each initiative […]

A Story with Roots in Sri Lanka

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
Many who come to know about Smithsonian’s Indian American Heritage Project (IAHP) ask us how this project came to be. Since our establishment in 1997, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center has launched several Asian Pacific American heritage initiatives that focused on specific communities—Vietnamese, Filipinos, Chinese, Japanese and more—in telling America’s whole story.  Each initiative […]

Beyond Bollywood: 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
A Message from Curator Masum Momaya Warm summer greetings! One year into my role as Curator of the Indian American Heritage Project and less than five months away from the opening of Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation exhibition, I wanted to share the five questions most frequently asked of me. 1. Will this […]

Why I Love Cece Parekh and Mindy Lahiri

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
By Priya Chhaya Here’s a truth about me. I love television. Another truth? I am one of those Indians that loves seeing Indians on television. I’ll often give a show a chance (or keep watching) for that reason alone. Case in point: When ER was in its later years, I kept watching primarily because Parminder […]

Why I Love Cece Parekh and Mindy Lahiri

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
By Priya Chhaya Here’s a truth about me. I love television. Another truth? I am one of those Indians that loves seeing Indians on television. I’ll often give a show a chance (or keep watching) for that reason alone. Case in point: When ER was in its later years, I kept watching primarily because Parminder […]

Amar Gopal Bose — An Audiophile Ahead of His Time

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
By Nimita Uberoi and Kalyan Venkatraj, Summer 2013 interns Have you ever heard a piece of recorded music so clearly and vividly that you felt you were at a live concert?  Chances are that this came about due to the refinement of speaker technologies by Indian American inventor Amar Gopal Bose.  Bose (b. 1929) passed […]

Amar Gopal Bose — An Audiophile Ahead of His Time

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
By Nimita Uberoi and Kalyan Venkatraj, Summer 2013 interns Have you ever heard a piece of recorded music so clearly and vividly that you felt you were at a live concert?  Chances are that this came about due to the refinement of speaker technologies by Indian American inventor Amar Gopal Bose.  Bose (b. 1929) passed […]

Call for Submissions: Be(com)ing Desi in America

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
Call for Submissions: Be(com)ing Desi in America An Exhibition and Performances by Subcontinental Drift in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. In February 2014 in Washington, D.C., Subcontinental Drift, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, will present a visual and performing arts exhibition entitled Be(com)ing Desi in America. This exhibition […]

Call for Submissions: Be(com)ing Desi in America

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
Call for Submissions: Be(com)ing Desi in America An Exhibition and Performances by Subcontinental Drift in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. In February 2014 in Washington, D.C., Subcontinental Drift, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, will present a visual and performing arts exhibition entitled Be(com)ing Desi in America. This exhibition […]

A Day of Light and Sweets

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
by Lavina Melwani Diwali lights Photo: courtesy BAPS Diwali Comes to America The fireworks still explode in the memory, and the taste of nuts and cream and sugar still linger on the tongue. For immigrants from India, the childhood memories of Diwali are strong, for it is a time when India transforms into one glittering […]

A Day of Light and Sweets

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project
by Lavina Melwani Diwali lights Photo: courtesy BAPS Diwali Comes to America The fireworks still explode in the memory, and the taste of nuts and cream and sugar still linger on the tongue. For immigrants from India, the childhood memories of Diwali are strong, for it is a time when India transforms into one glittering […]
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