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Special Events

More Than A Mascot: Native Americans In Popular Culture

A Special Exhibition at SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
Showing from April 25 – September 14, 2015

Native Americans are frequently portrayed in popular culture across multiple industries, from the Washington Redskins football franchise to Tonto, the Lone Ranger's sidekick. Though depictions of Native culture and people in logos, fashion, film, and media are currently a hot topic, many individuals, companies, and franchises maintain that they are honoring a historic culture.

Discover how Native Americans are portrayed in entertainment, advertising, and sports, then learn more about the history behind these representations. Visitors explore historic objects used by Native people and compare them to portrayals in popular culture to decide if these industries are honoring a rich heritage or using depictions of a historically disenfranchised people for capitalistic purposes.

Developed, curated, and presented by Public History Students at Wright State University. Artifacts and specimens provided by the Collections Department at the Dayton Society of Natural History.

Maize: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain

Opening June 2015

From your plate to your bio-fuel gas tank, maize has evolved over thousands of years to be one of the most crucial crops in the world today. You may see plenty of maize growing all over Ohio, but places like China, Brazil, Argentina, and India produce significant amounts of maize as well, making it a staple commodity for consumption.

This 1,500 sq. ft. interactive exhibition allows you to explore the importance of maize on a global scale and discover how scientists use this impressive crop to improve world food supplies. Then learn more about the history, evolution, and promising future if this integral plant.

In Celebration of Solstice

In Celebration of Solstice

Saturday, June 20, 6:00-9:00

Savor the sunshine of the longest day of summer at a casual evening filled with great food and friends in support of educational programs at SunWatch. Enjoy a delicious buffet-style dinner and drinks as you experience a ceremonial observation of summer's exact mid-point and get the chance to view the beautiful details of the mid-summer sky with help from local amateur astronomers.

The evening will culminate with the announcement of the lucky Summer Solstice Raffle grand prize winner, who will receive a $1,500 travel voucher courtesy of AAA. Multiple prizes will be available. Raffle tickets and Solstice Dinner Reservations are now available online.

In Celebration of Solstice Dinner Tickets: $65/guest and $55/guest for DSNH Members.

Summer Solstice Raffle tickets: 1/$20, 3/$50, 10/$100.

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The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans 27th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow

Pow wowSaturday, June 27, 2015
11:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 28, 2015
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Grand entry at 12 noon and 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and 12 noon Sunday

During the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow, the serene setting at SunWatch transforms with the beat of drums and the sounds and rhythm of American Indian music. For American Indians, Pow Wow is a special time to reflect upon a rich heritage and come into the Pow Wow circle with honor and respect for one another and the drum.

The event features both men’s and women’s dances, including the men’s grass dance and the women’s shawl and jingle dance, performed wearing full regalia. In addition, traditional American Indian arts, crafts and food will be available from vendors.

Admission: $8.00/Adults, $5.00/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-16), Free/Age 5 & under. Weekend passes are available for $15/Adults, $9.00/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-16), Free/Age 5 & under.
DSNH Members 1/2 price admission for this special event

Presented by: The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans

SunWatch Native Flute Festival

 SunWatch Flute and Art Gathering

Friday, August 14-16, 2015

Enjoy performances by flutists from throughout the region, and sample American Indian foods including Indian tacos, bison burgers and corn. View beautifully crafted flutes and other offerings from arts and crafts vendors on the scenic grounds.

Admission: $8.00/Adults, $5.00/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-16), Free/Age 5 & under. Weekend passes are avialable for $15/Adults, $9.00/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-16), Free/Age 5 & under.
DSNH Members 1/2 price admission for this special event.

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Fall Scout Day

Saturday, October 17
9:00 a.m. - noon

Scouts DayAll Girl and Boy Scouts, Campfire Boys and Girls, and members of Y Adventure Programs are invited to attend a special morning at SunWatch set aside especially for them.

Held twice each year, Scout Days offer a variety of activities with different stations set up in the Village and Museum, including discussion of the "Green Corn Ceremony" and the center post alignments, playing games, participating in archery demonstrations, making a craft, using pump drills, and taking part in a museum wide scavenger hunt.

Advanced registration is required for the event. Fee: $6.00 per person. Call 937–268–8199 for more information.