The whole family is invited to kick off the Smithsonian’s celebration of American Indian Heritage Month and the release of The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook, by executive chef Richard Hetzler. This weekend-long festival explores how Native communities throughout the Americas celebrate the harvest. It includes harvest-related dance and theater performances, cooking demonstrations and hands-on activities including exploring the process of grinding corn, cornhusk weaving, making masa and making and wrapping tamales. The local Mayan community will develop a special large-scale puppetry presentation based on the Popul Vuh, exploring the areas where the gods make people from corn, and the search for a food source for the newly created people.

Purchase the cookbook and have it signed by Executive Chef and Author Richard Hetzler!