Virtual Festival Celebrates N.C. American Indian Heritage

You won’t want to miss the music, dancing and excitement at the American Indian Heritage Celebration hosted by the North Carolina Museum of History. 

Named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society five years running, the event will be held as an online experience on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists, performers, scholars, historians, and other representatives from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes and four Urban American Indian Organizations will share their skills, knowledge, and cultural heritage during this full-day virtual event. All interactive sessions are free.

This is the 26th year of this annual festival, held during National American Indian Heritage Month. 

“We’re looking forward to celebrating American Indian history and traditions, as well as shining a light on contemporary issues and accomplishments, with viewers from across the state and beyond,” said Alyson Vuley, community programs and festivals coordinator for the N.C. Museum of History.

Engage with live-streamed events that include performances, panel discussions and demonstrations. Registration is required for all live sessions of the celebration. While the music and dancing performances have unlimited attendance, participant spots are limited for most sessions.  

Highlights of the festival:

  • For educators, virtually join us on Friday, Nov. 19, for the AIHC Education Day.
  • Enjoy Live! music and dance performances like Women’s Jingle and Men’s Grass, as well as online workshops featuring crafting traditions, storytelling, and more.
  • During the festival day on Saturday, learn about beading, basketry, and pottery and the histories and traditions behind them.
  • Hear the creators of the Red Justice Project podcast as they discuss Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls issues.
  • Join the Lumbee Cultural Advisor and the actor playing Manteo in the 2021 season of “The Lost Colony.” This year is the outdoor drama’s first time in its 84-year run to cast only Indigenous peoples for the roles of the American Indians.

For a full schedule of all performances and presentations, visit

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