The Field Museum Celebrates Andean New Year Sunday with Chicago’s Kichwa Indigenous Group

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DOWNTOWN – The Field Museum celebrates the Andean New Year with a special event on Sunday.

Comunidad Kichwa Runa, a group of indigenous Kichwa people from Ecuador who live in Chicago, will lead a ceremony for the New Year celebration called Mushuk Nina – which translates to “New Fire” and coincides with the spring equinox, according to a Press release.

The celebration is scheduled from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum’s Stanley Field Hall, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.

The event will include performances, dancing, displays of Kichwa clothing and activities for young people, including coloring in traditional Kichwa designs, officials said.

The event is part of a collaboration between the Field Museum and the Comunidad Kichwa Runa, who have been invited to visit the museum in 2021 for a tour, view the museum’s collection and discuss future mutual efforts between the groups, said officials.

The event and activities are free but require a general admission ticket to the museum.

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