Nov 27, 2006

Thanksgiving

I hadn’t planned to take a vacation from the blog. It just kind of happened. It’s amazing what a four-day vacation will do to you.

My brother and his wife were here to celebrate the holiday and from the moment they arrived my house was caught in a whirlwind of activity. We hosted the Thanksgiving feast so I cooked up a storm that included apple pie, chocolate cake and Kristi’s Holiday Cobbler in addition to the turkey and it’s trimmings. We played games and shopped and loafed around. Of course I was knitting a lot too.

NMAI - DC 1Aside from waking at o'dark thirty on Black Friday to go do my bit for the national economy, I rarely left the house. The most notable exception was a trip into the District on Saturday to see the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, a place that I’ve wanted to visit since it opened in the fall of 2004. It's within view of the Capitol building which was neat because my sister-in-law, who just moved here from South Korea, had never seen it before. The first thing that we all noticed about the museum is that it is a stunning building. The walls of the museum are made of yellow stone that curves along in a warm and inviting way.

NMAI 11-25-06

Inside, the museum is stunning as well. Many of the walls are of the same stone as the exterior accented with warm, natural colors and beaten metal. There are very few straight lines in the museum which lends it an organic feel that is exactly right.

NMAI - DC 6 We just loved this guy but, as I write this I realize that I have no details about him. He’s just one example of the art that is displayed throughout the museum, presented in a way that encourages you to get up close and experience it. While the art was beautiful, it wasn’t the thing that made the strongest impression. The word museum usually makes one think of a window on the past but the NMAI is really a celebration and appreciation of American Indian culture. I noted that many of the objects on display and quotes printed on the walls are quite recent – well within my lifetime. NMAI is as much about the lives of American Indians today as it is about those of the past. It’s about their contributions to and struggles in our changing world.

Predictably, we didn’t have nearly enough time to see the whole museum but the beauty of living where we do is that we can (and will) go back. It’s just a short ride!

IMG_0045[1]Oh! I nearly forgot the knitting. I finished my hat for Knit Unto Others and Stinkerbelle was kind enough to model it for me.

I finished something else for Knit Unto Others too but I’ll save it’s debut for tomorrow.


5 comments:

Cathy said...

It sounds like you had a great holiday week and fun at the museum! The hat came out great and the model is too cute :) I love your votive sleeves, were they tough on your hands to make?

margene said...

It is nice to take a break from time to time. I have been so busy I didn't even see your last couple of posts or the new look. The white is easy to read and the look is crisp...very nice. The votives are fabulous! I can't imagine the work they took.

Anonymous said...

The exterior reminds me of the buildings of Gaudi, which I love... and the interior reminds me of the center hall of the Guggenheim. I love the Museum of the American Indian in lower Manhattan, but it was closed recently for 'work'. I wonder if they have moved some of the exhibits down to DC... they are both Simthsonian-connected. Did they have much Indian-made ceremonial clothing?

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Man, I feel so honored to have been a part of so many people's holiday celebrations in a wierd sort of way!

Sounds like it was a great holiday weekend!

Krista said...

I loved visiting that museum. The architecture was amazing!

Hey, did you switch over to Blogger Beta?