Another Welcome to Chicago's Marae

The weekend of July 16th marked the 7th Annual National Gathering of American Indian Veterans in Wheaton, IL. This event welcomes all veterans, families, and members of the public; this year, members of the Chicago-area Maori community were featured performers.

As part of the festivities, Native American veterans, Maori friends, and other visitors were welcomed onto the Field’s marae in a powhiri led by local Maori and joined by Museum staff. The marae continues to be a place of gathering and cultural exchange for both visitors and residents of Chicago; veterans were previously honored there as part of 2019’s D-Day Warriors exhibition.

Following lunch and songs on the marae, ten of the guests visited the Museum’s collections storage spaces for a tour and to view Maori taonga, accompanied by museum staff Julia Kennedy and Janet Hong.

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