November is Native American Heritage Month. This commemorative month offers an opportunity for Native Americans in the United States of American to share their history and their culture.
In the WDW Radio podcast on November 12, 2018, Lou Mongello and his special guest, Paul Gowder, shared references to Native American art and stories in Walt Disney World, including a new exhibit of American Indian art on display at the American Heritage Gallery in Epcot.
Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art is an immersive storytelling exhibit with artifacts and interactive displays. The exhibit includes 89 pieces of past and current art by Indigenous artists carrying on traditions passed down through generations. Creating Tradition will be on display for five years with ever-changing exhibits that will permit Guests to experience the depth and breadth of Native American tradition and innovation.
In September, I had the honor of experiencing Creating Tradition. The exhibit is as respectful as it is rich, reflecting the diversity of Native American communities from seven geographic regions across the United States. The interactive displays that share narration and insights by some of the artists, enhance the storytelling aspect of the exhibit.
We encourage you to listen to the podcast, Finding Native American Culture in Disney Parks and Movies, and view the Creating Tradition exhibit at the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot during your next visit to Walt Disney World.
Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art is made possible through the collaboration of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Their collections showcase the many diverse American Indian cultures as well as American Indian contributions to our country. The Museums invite you to visit in person or online to see more amazing objects and learn more about the Native peoples of the United States.
(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)
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