Interpretation Rocks!

Cleveland, Ohio - November 29–December 3

When the Drew Carey Show premiered in 1995, its title song, the 1979 hit Cleveland Rocks by Ian Hunter, became an anthem for a city that has local fare and international recognition. This city hosted the first rock and roll concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball. It is home to ethnic neighborhoods and foods; features the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra; has the largest theatre district outside of New York, Playhouse Square; and is home to sports teams and a submarine. This is the birthplace of Superman. We’ve got world class museums and parks. So, what are you waiting for? Bring your interpretive talents to a city that knows how to ROCK!

NAI 2022 Schedule


Talon Silverhorn

Wednesday, November 30

Talon Silverhorn is a Citizen of The Eastern Shawnee Tribe and has been an interpreter in some form or another since 2007. He grew up on the Shawnee Reservation in Oklahoma and participated in traditional aspects of his culture such as ceremonies, hunting traditions, and material arts. His experiences with the intersection of race, culture, and nationality at an early age drove him to find a method of communication that did not rely on these things to be common, and so he found interpretation. He started to travel with other Tribal Citizens and give presentations at schools, historic sites, and community centers across the U.S. and Canada. From there he worked as an NAI Certified Interpretive Guide for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation from 2016 to 2021, where he discussed the formation of Early America and the intersection of identities that it brought. Talon Currently serves as the Cultural Programs Manager for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, overseeing American Indian historical content and interpretation in the States 75 parks, and is involved in developing a new Shawnee Cultural/interpretive Center in western Ohio.

Sarah Lohman

Friday, December 2

Sarah Lohman is originally from Hinckley, Ohio where she began working as an interpreter in a museum at the age of 16, cooking historical food over a wood-burning stove. She graduated with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2005. For her undergraduate thesis, she opened a temporary restaurant/installation that reinterpreted food of the Colonial era for a modern audience. Lohman moved to New York City in 2006 and worked as Video Producer forNew York magazine’s foodblog, Grub Street. She chronicled her personal explorations in culinary history on her blog, Four  Pounds Flour, from 2008-2018. Lohman’s first book, Eight  Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, was released by Simon & Schuster in December 2016.

She focuses on the history of food as a way to  access the stories of diverse Americans. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York  Times, and NPR. She has presented across the country, from the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC to The Culinary Historians of Southern California. Her current project, Endangered Eating: Exploring America’s Vanishing Cuisine will be released with W.W. Norton & Co. in January 2023.

General Agenda

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Monday, November 28: 
8:00 am- 5:00 pm: Pre conference workshops   
Tuesday, November 29: 
8:00 am- 5:00 pm: Pre conference workshops   
8:00 am- 4:00 pm: NAI Board of Directors Meeting 
12:00 pm- 5:00 pm: Registration & Store open
5:00 pm- 6:00 pm: First Timer’s Meet Up 
6:30 pm- 9:30 pm: Welcome Reception (Rock n Roll Hall of Fame) 
Wednesday, November 30:
7:00 am- 6:00 pm: Registration & Store open  
7:00 am- 5:00 pm: Innovation Hall open 
8:30 am- 5:30 pm: Plenary & Concurrent sessions - Talon Silverhorn

Thursday, December 1:
6:30 am - whenever: 5k Fun Run/Walk/Rock
7:00 am- 2:00 pm: Innovation Hall open 
8:30 am- 5:00 pm: Plenary & Concurrent sessions
7:00 pm- 10:00 pm: Award dinner 

Friday, December 2:
8:30 am- 4:30 pm: Plenary & Concurrent sessions - Sarah Lohman    

Saturday, December 3:
8:00 am- 5:00 pm: Off-site educational field trips

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NAI 2022 Host Hotel & Venue

Hilton Cleveland Downtown
100 Lakeside Ave E (map)
Cleveland, OH 44114