Longfellow Birthday Celebration
Join us for this annual program in Story Chapel, co-sponsored by the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site. Following a talk about Longfellow’s lasting legacy, we’ll enjoy birthday cake and then walk to the Longfellow Lot on Indian Ridge Path for a wreath-laying ceremony.
This year’s speaker is Dr. Adriana Greci Green, Curator of Indigenous Arts of the Americas. Green researched at Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters NHS in the past, focusing on Longfellow’s “The Song of Hiawatha.”
Her talk, titled, “Anishinaabe Performances of Longfellow’s Hiawatha,” focuses on the legacy of the poem. It was performed as a pageant by the Ojibway troupe in Ontario in the early 20th century, an event attended by members of the Longfellow family. Hundreds of shows later, this adaptation was exported to Michigan by members of the local Waganakising Odawa community. This talk will explore the histories of these events and the context in which they occurred.
Adriana Greci Green is curator of Indigenous Arts of the Americas at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and is a research collaborator in the department of anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She has been privileged to work within Lakota and Anishinaabe communities exploring the contexts in which material culture, art, dress, and cultural performance are produced and circulated, both historically and today.
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