Kwanzaa's name originates from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, translating approximately to "first fruits of the harvest." And while it's hard to imagine fruits being harvested this time of year, it's really a celebration the richness of African and African American culture and community. Families will be able to do just that at Sunday's Kwanzaa Family Day at the Minnesota History Center. Here, visitors will take in storytelling with Beverly Cottman as she spins tales and sings songs of folk heroes from both African and African American traditions. Nyamal B. Dol of Bothdol Fashion and Nneka Onyilofor, program director for African Global Roots, will create fashions for the runway, with narration from spoken-word artist Ibrahim Kaba' (Ibe'). Other happenings include a West African-inspired drum and dance performance from the Tiyumba Dance Company, and an art activity led by artist Ta-Coumba T. Aiken.
Sun., Dec. 26, 12-4 p.m., 2010