Americans

January 18, 2018 Through 2022

1948 Indian Chief motorcycle with headdress fender ornament, on loan from the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Matailong Du

National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

3rd Floor Floor Plan

American Indian images, names, and stories infuse American history and contemporary life. The images are everywhere, from the Land O’Lakes butter maiden to the Cleveland Indians’ mascot, and from classic Westerns and cartoons to episodes of Seinfeld and South Park. American Indian names are everywhere too, from state, city, and street names to the Tomahawk missile. And the familiar historical events of Pocahontas’s life, the Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn remain popular reference points in everyday conversations. Americans highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began. It surrounds visitors with images, delves into the three stories, and invites them to begin a conversation about why this phenomenon exists. Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the images, names, and stories reveal the deep connection between Americans and American Indians as well as how Indians have been embedded in unexpected ways in the history, pop culture, and identity of the United States.

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