A photo of Martha Graham dancing
About the image

Yousuf Karsh, Martha Graham, 1948 © Yousuf Karsh, Gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh. National Portrait Gallery

A Promise Kept: The Inspiring Life and Works of Suzan Shown Harjo

Influential policy advocate, writer, curator, and a 2014 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) will be recognized for a lifetime of achievement at a symposium co-hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. As an NMAI Founding Trustee, Harjo’s legacy of activism and artistic accomplishment has long inspired American Indian peoples and influenced U.S. policies about Native sovereignty and culture.

The event, which coincides with the museum’s anniversary, will be webcast and a book of essays by the participating scholars, writers and museum leaders will be published in 2020.

The downloadable symposium flyer can be found here

Photo by Lucy Fowler Williams, Penn Museum.


Lectures & Discussions, Webcasts & Online


American Indian Museum


IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts


American Indian Museum

Event Location

Rasmuson Theater




Free; First-come, first-served seating. No registration is required.


Wheelchair accessible