"Our Peoples" Top 5 Page for this destination National Museum of the American Indian Tip by matcrazy1

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The very interesting exposition titled "Our Peoples" is located on the fourth floor of the National Museum of the American Indian. It focuses on the last 500 years of Native history, their struggle for survival, the weakening of traditional spirituality, the seizure of homelands by invading governments, and deadly new diseases and weaponry which came with the arrival of European newcomers in the Western Hemisphere.

I've also seen impressive collection of Indian pottery and sculptures (stone figures), gold jewelry and guns which came from Europe. The main part of the exhibition consists of stories told by Native Americans representing the following cultures:
1. Seminole Tribe of Florida (USA),
2. Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma (USA),
3. Tapirape (Mato Grosso, Brazil)
4. Tohono O'odham Nation (Arizona, USA)
5. Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation (North Carolina, USA)
6. Nahua (Guerrero, Mexico)
7. Ka'apor (Maranhao, Brazil)
8. Wixaritari - sometimes known as Huichol (Durango, Mexico).

The symbol of that exposition is the Moon. There is the green cast glass composition titled "Raven steals the Moon" created by Salish (British Columbia, Canada) artist Ed Archie Noise Cat in 2003.



Address: Fourth St. & Independence Ave., S.W. Washington DC
Directions: Metro station: Federal Center SW. On southern part of the eastern end of the National Mall, between the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. Map here
othercontact: NMAIcollections@si.edu
Phone: +1 (202) 633 1000
Website: http://www.nmai.si.edu

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  • Updated Mar 10, 2006
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