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Native American Dolls
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This issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom celebrates the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C. Planned in collaboration with Indian peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere, NMAI is dedicated to representing Native points of view. 

In our lesson plan we present the perspectives and experiences of Native doll makers describing how their work is keeping old traditions and developing new ones. These Native voices encourage students to examine dolls from the collections of the museum and to connect them to the diverse cultures, communities, and environments.

Visit the museum’s website, for information about the museum and its school programs and guided tours.

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The National Museum of The American Museum

Established in 1989, through an Act of Congress, the National Museum of the American Indian is an institution of living cultures dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history and arts of the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere.

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