Brewing Culture and Gratitude: Tribal Tea Co. at the National Museum of the American Indian

by Rachel Walters

Welcome to the Smithsonian Spotlight, where we delve into the cultural richness housed within the Smithsonian Institution, and today, our focus is on the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Specifically, we’re highlighting an inspiring collaboration that intertwines education, cultural appreciation, and gratitude – the partnership between the NMAI and Tribal Tea Co.

Exploring the National Museum of the American Indian

The NMAI stands as a beacon of cultural diversity and education within the vast expanse of the Smithsonian Institution. With a commitment to showcasing the vibrancy and depth of Native cultures across the Western hemisphere, the museum holds one of the world’s most extensive collections of Native artifacts. From the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, the NMAI captures the essence of Native history, art, and traditions.

Operating across three facilities, including the iconic National Mall in Washington, DC, the George Gustav Heye Center in New York City, and the Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland, the NMAI strives to be more than just a collection of artifacts. It is a living, breathing testament to the resilience and creativity of Native communities. The museum’s commitment to Native voices is evident not only in its physical spaces but also in its online presence, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.

Gratitude in a Cup: Tribal Tea Co. at the NMAI

In the spirit of fostering connections and sharing the richness of Native cultures, the NMAI recently welcomed a unique addition to its offerings – Tribal Tea Co. The collaboration between the museum and Tribal Tea Co. extends beyond a simple exchange of products; it’s a shared commitment to education, appreciation, and gratitude.

Tribal Tea Co., a company deeply rooted in the values of community, sustainability, and cultural respect, brings a selection of artisanal teas inspired by Native traditions to the NMAI. Each tea blend is a sensory journey, crafted with precision and respect for the ingredients that hold cultural significance. What makes this collaboration truly special is the emphasis on education – every tea flavor has a story, connecting consumers to the cultural context and history behind each blend.

The values upheld by Tribal Tea Co. seamlessly align with the mission of the NMAI. Both entities share a dedication to preserving and promoting Native cultures while fostering a sense of community and appreciation. The act of brewing and sipping Tribal Tea becomes an educational experience, a moment of connection with the traditions and stories of Native communities.

Expressing Gratitude and Sharing Stories

As we explore the wonders within the NMAI and savor the unique blends offered by Tribal Tea Co., it’s essential to reflect on the gratitude embedded in this collaboration. It’s more than a transaction; it’s a shared journey of respect, education, and celebration.

Visitors to the National Museum of the American Indian are not merely consumers, they are participants in a cultural exchange. Through the simple act of enjoying Tribal Tea, they contribute to the preservation and appreciation of Native traditions. It’s a testament to the power of collaboration between institutions and businesses, where the values of each entity enhance and amplify the impact of the other.

As we navigate the vast tapestry of cultural experiences within the Smithsonian Institution, let us raise our cups in gratitude to the NMAI and Tribal Tea Co. for fostering a space where education, appreciation, and cultural celebration coalesce.