Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12, 2012
10 A.M.to 4:30 P.M.
National Museum of the American Indian
4th St. and Independence Blvd. SW
Next weekend The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) celebrates one of the world’s most beloved foods, chocolate. “Theobroma cacao” was for the Maya and the Aztec people, as its Latin name indicates, a “food of the gods.” Chocolate – a product indigenous to the Americas – literally has a bittersweet world history. Once Europeans discovered it, they couldn’t get enough. But, for the native peoples enlisted (enslaved) to harvest the cacao crops, it became a curse. The upcoming festival presents an opportunity for visitors to explore chocolate’s complete culture and history. I know this is short notice, but for anyone in or visiting the Washington, D.C., area, it would be worth the effort.