This accession consists of production records created by Howard Bass, Cultural Arts Manager, in the planning and development of the recording, "Beautiful Beyond: Christian Songs in Native Languages." Produced in partnership with Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings, "Beautiful Beyond" is an anthology of hymns and songs from Native American communities throughout the United States. The recording demonstrates how music helped to preserve and perpetuate Native languages. Communities represented include: Cherokee, Cheyenne, Choctaw Indians, Comanche, Creek Indians, Hopi Indians, Kiowa Indians, Teton Indians (Lakota Indians), Mohawk Indians, Hawaiians, Navajo Indians, Ojibwa Indians, Oneida Indians, Seminole Indians, Tewa Indians, and Yupik Eskimos. Also included are records related to the festivities and performances planned for the opening of National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) building on The Mall in September 2004. Materials include correspondence, biographies, essays, bibliographies, liner notes, recording logs, and audio recordings. Some materials are in electronic format.