Educator E-Newsletter

Learn about the NMAI's educational resources—including curriculum for the classroom, teacher workshops, and educational strategies—in the museum’s free, quarterly teacher e-newsletter.


In Mut Too Yah Lat Lat or Chief Joseph image

November 2016

This issue explores the topic of photography and Native peoples—the NMAI photographic collections, which contain about 100,000 images of Native peoples; Kiowa photographer Horace Poolaw and the NMAI exhibition, For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw, which features his life and work; art by contemporary Native photographers; and teaching with photographs.


Mr. and Mrs. (Thea) George Gustav Heye in front of the Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation image

Fall 2016

Many teachers and others ask "What term should I use: Native American or American Indian?" The NMAI strives to provide a better understanding of the diverse people, culture, traditions, and languages of the 567 federally recognized tribes within the United States. Often, the best start is with what to collectively call America's first peoples. This issue examines the terms “Native American” and “American Indian” and the use of these terms in different contexts, and explores the history of the museum’s name as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our predecessor, the Museum of the American Indian.


Narrative Plains art image

Spring 2016

This issue focuses on the dynamic tradition of pictorial illustration, and on the contemporary narrative artists whose commissioned works are featured in the NMAI exhibition Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains. The exhibition depicts ceremonies and family histories as well as humor and contemporary life. Viewed together, Plains narrative artworks from the past and present reflect a strong sense of adaptability, cultural identity, and continuity.


Polynesian Voyaging Society image

Winter 2016

This issue focuses on a new NMAI exhibition, E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation, and provides K-12 resources to support teachers and students in better understanding Hawaiian sovereignty and independence, and in learning about the resurgence of traditional Hawaiian knowledge and values.


Native American foods image

November 2015

This issue explores Thanksgiving and honors and celebrates those things that nourish us—our foods, our family, and our relationships with all living things.


The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire Children's Activity Guide image

Fall 2015

This issue features content related to the NMAI exhibition The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, including a teacher’s guide and a children’s activity guide that provide information and strategies for teaching about the Inka Road, one of the most monumental feats of engineering in the world.


Three Potawatomi Chiefs by George Winter

Spring 2015

Many people know that American Indians were often unjustly dealt with by the U.S. government, but they often lack specific details. The NMAI exhibition Nation to Nation: Treaties between the United States and American Indians and this issue of the newsletter provide details about the forced removal of the Chief Menominee band of the Potawatomi.


Cover of the book When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans

Winter 2015

Storytelling teaches cultural values, captivates our imaginations, and shares some of life's most enduring lessons. This issue explores the myriad forms that storytelling can take and highlights book selections to use with students.


Red Jacket A Distinguished Seneca Chief by Charles Bird King

Fall 2014

Happy Native American Heritage Month! This issue introduces the newest exhibition at NMAI-DC, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations.


Website, American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges

September 2014

This issue introduces the NMAI's interactive website, American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges, and resources to support bringing traditional Native American games into the classroom.


Kootenai baby carrier

Spring 2014

This issue introduces the Infinity of Nations Culture Quest website, developed for classrooms, featuring content from the NMAI exhibition, Infinity of Nations.


In the Moment by Avis Charley

March 2014

Women's roles as carriers of life, teachers, and knowledge bearers is a great gift. This special Women's History Month issue honors and recognizes women who make positive contributions to the lives of others.


Welcome to the e-newsletter image

Winter 2014

We’re excited to share our first quarterly e-newsletter with you. This is your source for NMAI educational offerings, including teacher workshops, exhibits and events, classroom resources, and more.