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Natalia López de Paz dancing with a Folklife Festival visitor

Recovering Voices is committed to engaging the interested public through symposia, workshops, conferences and seminars. Monthly seminars focus on language and knowledge studies in a variety of fields including linguistics, biology, anthropology, and social geography. We also host workshops and symposia on issues related to our mission.

2018 Events

Mother Tongue Film Festival - February 21-25, 2018.
The 2018 Mother Tongue Film Festival program will be posted soon. Learn about our previous Mother Tongue Film Festivals on our blog.


2017 Events

Hopi Pottery Oral History Project (HPOHP) Workshop - April 29, 2017 Hopi, Arizona. Learn more.

Mother Tongue Film Festival - February 21-25, 2017
The full 2017 Mother Tongue Film Festival program can be found here. Official news release here. Learn about the 2016 film festival on our blog.

Seminar Series - visit our Seminars page for information about the 2017 seminar schedule.

2016 Events

Film Series - A new series of ethnographic film screenings announced!
From Sept. 16, 2016 to Nov. 11, 2016 in Q?rius from 2.30 to 4pm. The series is open to the public and is intended to help highlight NMNH's ethnographic film collections in the Human Studies Film Archives. Each film presentation will have resident and local experts who can help contextualize the film for viewers. The schedule of films can be found here. 

RV Seminar Series - Please visit our Seminars page.

Mother Tongue Film Festival - February 21-27, 2016

2015 Events

December 10, 2015
Seminar Series: Brian Hochman, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Georgetown University. "Savage Preservation: The Ethnographic Origins of Modern Media Technology". Rose Room, 12:00pm.

November 12, 2015
Seminar Series: Javier Carrera Rubio. "Voices of a Yanomami Myth: A Dialogical Approach to the Study of Verbal Art". Cooper Room (Room E207-A), NMNH, 12:00pm.

October 20, 2015
Seminar Series: Theresa L. Miller, Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow. "People-plant engagements : exploring past and present indigenous crop cultivation in the Brazilian Cerrado". Rose Room, Room 337, NMNH, 12:00pm.

October 28, 2015
Delores Churchill film "Tracing Roots". 6:15pm-8:30pm. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, Ground Floor. Washington, D.C. Please RSVP for this event on the NMNH website.

September 30, 2015
Seminar Series: Gabriela Pérez Báez, Vicky Funk, Kenia Velasco Gutierrez, Tom Hollowell, Kate Riestenberg. "Virtues and challenges of collaborative and interdisciplinary research: Lexico-botanical documentation with a Zapotec community". Rose Room, Room 337, NMNH, 12:00pm.

September 10-12, 2015
Assocation for Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM) International Conference, Washington, DC. Recovering Voices staff will be presenting at the ATALM on our work with the NAA and Smithonian Collections. Learn more about the conference:

August 9, 2015
Frank Lake Lecture, Rose Room, Room 337, NMNH, "Ecology and Tribal Cultures of North America". 2:00pm.

June 1-12, 2015
National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages. A two week workshop for selected participants working on lanugage revitalization. More information can be found on our Events webpage.

May 26, 2015
Seminar Series: Eduardo Rivail Ribeiro, "Language and prehistory in South America: an investigation of the Macro-Jê hypothesis". Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow, NMNH. 12:00pm, Rose Room, NMNH. More information:

May 8 & 9, 2015
National Museum of Natural History's 2-Day "Arctic Festival" organized by the Department of Anthropology's Arctic Studies Center featuring Recovering Voices Arctic Languages information and activity booth. More information available on the Arctic Studies Center Website.

April 28, 2015
Seminar Series: Dr. Mary S. Linn, "Uncovering Roadblocks to Revitalization". Center for Folklife and Cutural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, 12:00pm, Rose Room.

April 8-10, 2015
A 2-day symposium at Western Carolina University, NC, is hosted by the Smithsonian's Native Health and Culture Workgroup from April 8-10, 2015. The symposium is open to the public. If interested in attending, advanced registration is required.

April 2, 2015
Seminar Series: Dr. Scott Heyes, "Mapping the “Unseen” Landscape: Using Participatory
Mapping to raise awareness of an Indigenous Landscape in Australia". 12:00pm, National Museum of Natural History, Kirby Room (CE-340).

March 10, 2015
Seminar Series: Anita Herle, "Alfred Haddon, Edward Curtis and the Blackfeet: Creating and Reviving Relationships through Photography". 12:30pm, National Museum of Natural History, Rose Room.

February 26, 2015
Seminar Series: Helena Beeley, "Phonetics and Historical Sound Change". 12:00 noon, National Museum of Natural History, Rose Room. More information is available here.

January 18, 2015
"Language Matters, with Bob Holman", A film by David Grubin, Baird Auditorium, NMNH 2:00-4:00pm. Film screening and panel discussion. More information about the film, visit Read our blog post about the film. RSVP for the event, click here.