Honoring Indigenous Peoples Day

Mon Oct 9, 2023
Various times
Age: 3 and up
Price: Included with museum admission
Brooklyn Children's Museum

The Brooklyn Children's Museum rooftop is the stage to honor Indigenous Peoples Day with storytelling, dance, and cooking, pottery, and basketry workshops, in partnership with the North American Indigenous Center of New York.

Purchase timed tickets online in advance.

Performances include:

Northeastern Haudenosaunee Dance Troupe
10:30am–11:15am & 3:15pm–4pm
Experience the beauty of traditional Haudenosaunee social dances, including a Smoke Dance led by Onondaga artist Chris Thomas. This dance is characterized by lightning-fast footwork and is considered one of the most popular and dynamic competition dances at Northeastern pow-wows.

Cirque du Soleil Hoop Dance
12pm–1pm & 4pm–5pm
North American Indigenous Mohawk artist Feryn King performs a live dance demonstration and history lesson on Native American dance culture.

Other activities include:

Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey's strawberry (ken'niiohontésha) teaching
Café performance space
1pm-2pm & 2:30pm-3:30pm 
This workshop explores strawberries in Haudenosaunee Culture, and throughout the North East of Turtle Island. Kids learn how to make traditional strawberry drinks.

In the Museum’s ColorLab Art Studio, kids can create a pinch pot or coil pot using terracotta clay with BCM Teaching Artists.
Terra Cotta Pottery is open from 10:30am-12:30pm & 2pm-4pm

Meet traditional Native American artists and vendors, plus explore jewelry-making and craft a dream weaving at the Artisan Marketplace on the rooftop.
The Marketplace is open from 10:30am-1pm & 2pm-4:30pm, with a Dreamcatcher Activity at 10:30am-11:30am & 2pm-3pm, and a Beadwork Activity from 1pm-1pm & 3:30pm-4:30pm.

** Activity dates/times are subject to change. Please click through to the activity website to verify.