Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian No trip to Washington, D.C. is complete without visiting at least one of the 19 Smithsonian Museums.

We chose The National Museum of the American Indian to tour. The building itself is made to look like the cliff dwellings of the Southwest. The museum’s sweeping, curvilinear outside design, along with the indigenous landscaping, is breathtaking. The building and grounds are designed to give visitors a sense and spirit of Native America.

Our tour started on the fourth floor so we could experience the dazzling multimedia experience which is specifically designed to prepare museum visitors for the themes and messages they will encounter during their visit. The multi-media presentation is projected on the ceiling, on hanging woven carpets and on a huge rock. This circular theater helped take us back in time when indigenous people sat around a fire listening to their honored elders tell stories about how they derive their strength from their land, religion, traditional knowledge, self-government, and self-expression. This unique program in the tribal-like setting helped us feel the soul of the American Indian.

In Lubbock Junior Academy we take the learning of other cultures very seriously. Please come and join us as we learn about our world.