In-Person Events

In-Person Events

Bamana Riddles

Thursday, March 23, at 5 p.m.

Riddles in Africa are regularly considered a type of art form used by young people and children and have long been included in studies on African oral literature. Because they often involve metaphorical or poetic explanations, attendees will learn about the many forms of riddles in the Manding society, as well as the meanings behind them during this presentation by Dr. Amadou Beidy Sow (pictured left). Dr. Sow is a Senior Lecturer in IU's African Studies Program. The event will be free and open to the public.


Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar

Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar
Saturday, April 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fairview Elementary School, 500 W. 7th Street, Bloomington
The IUMAA and other community organizations will present arts, music, language, and international crafts that let attendees get their hands on the world with more than 30 vibrant, high-energy activity stations (you can make create a Tughra --a Turkish calligraphic signature--at the IUMAA station). Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar is a free multicultural arts and education event for kids, families, and community members.


Lotus Blossoms website


IU's Traditional Powwow

IU Traditional Powwow
Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wilkinson Hall, 1151 E. 17th Street, Bloomington
The Indiana University annual Traditional Powwow attracts hundreds of visitors each year and boasts a line-up of nationally known dancers and singers, along with traditional foods, crafts, and dance clothing. Performers of all ages participate, carrying on the traditions of their people as they represent them through their feathers and beadwork, their dance clothes, the songs they sing, and the styles in which they dance. IUMAA will host an information table and is a co-sponsor of the event, which is free and open to the public. Visit the First Nations Education and Culture Center webpage or Facebook page for more information.


FNECC webpage     IU's Traditional Powwow Facebook 


Angel Mounds talk

Wednesday, April 19th
Afternoon (specific time TBD)
The talk will be given by Angel Mounds State Historic Site Director, Mike Linderman. He'll discuss the modern history of the site, from first official note of it in 1805, through to the purchase by the Indiana Historical Society in 1938. Special emphasis will be placed on Glenn Black and Eli Lilly during discussions of the WPA excavations at the site, subsequent IU archaeological field schools, and development into the State Historic Site of today.

Information for visiting the IUMAA


Public and handicap parking spots are available at IUMAA, in the lot off the corner of 8th Street and Indiana Avenue, by the museum's lobby doors. More public parking and IU permit parking is available just one block north and west at McCalla School.


  • Ramp and stairs to building entrance
  • Lectures on 1st floor, around the corner from entrance
  • Assistive listening system (ALS) available in lecture hall
  • Accessible and all-gender bathrooms available nearby

Where to find us

IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

416 N. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408

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