Family Day | Urban Indian: Native New York Now

When: Wednesday, February 19, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Price: Free with Museum admission. Registration suggested, but not required.
black and white photograph of a young Native boy holding a hoop in his left hand, and another hoop around his right leg. A finger is pointing at the photograph.
Still from "Louis Mofsie on The Thunderbirds’ 41st Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow," 2019 produced by Rebecca Jacobs and Nate Lavey for the Museum of the City of New York.

What does it mean to be a Native person living in New York today? Join us for story time with Elise McMullen-Ciotti (a member of the Cherokee Nation) as she reads aloud from the acclaimed children’s book Indian No More. Explore the galleries to learn about the intersectional experiences of Native Americans in urban spaces and create artwork based on the exhibition Urban Indian: Native New York Now.

Story time will begin promptly at 11:15 am, art-making activities will follow.

About the Editor:
Elise McMullen-Ciotti is a freelance editor, writer, and educator who has worked in children’s book publishing since 2012. Her clients have included Scholastic, Arthur A. Levine, Coffee House Press, Macmillan, Roaring Brook Press, Outland Entertainment, Shadow Mountain, Lee & Low and its imprint Tu Books. A member of the Cherokee Nation, Elise’s biggest goal as a book editor has been to promote and publish Native stories and authors. As a writer, she is an essayist and blogger and is set to publish two books (TBA) in 2021. Before her career in publishing, Elise worked in food, television, and then food in television. She lives in New York City with her husband, a large personal library, and an open kitchen.

About the Book:
When the federal government signs a bill into law that says Regina’s tribe no longer exists to them, Regina becomes “Indian no more” overnight—even though she lives with her tribe and practices tribal customs, and even though her ancestors were Indian for countless generations. Now with the tribe losing its land base in Oregon, Regina’s father signs the family up for the Indian Relocation program and moves them to Los Angeles. Regina finds a whole new world in her neighborhood on 58th Place. She’s never met kids of other races, and they’ve never met a real Indian. Regina must find out: Who is Regina Petit? Is she Indian? Is she American? And will she and her family ever be okay again?

Family programs are free with Museum admission and free for Members, geared to families with children ages 6–12 years old, and include a snack. Activities are designed for adults and children to complete together. 

Free with Museum admission. Registration suggested, but not required.

Accessibility: Our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.


Family and Community Engagement Programs are made possible in part by the Margaret S. Ogden and Stephen A. Ogden Memorial Fund, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Sy Syms Foundation, and the Frank J. Antun Foundation.

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors.

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