Americans: Indians Are Everywhere

An eye-opening exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian upends familiar narratives of Native American life since colonization. Take a video tour with the curators.

Americans Exhibit (2018) by Marc BretzfelderReckoning With Our Racial Past

Americans highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began.

Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the exhibition's images, names, and stories reveal the deep connection between Americans and American Indians as as well as how Indians have been embedded in unexpected ways in the history, pop culture, and identity of the United States.

In the video clips below curators Cécile R. Ganteaume and Paul Chaat Smith provide a 12 minute overview of the important themes presented in the Americans exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian that all Americans should come to appreciate.

The Deeply Entangled History that Americans and American Indians Share 

The Deeply Entangled History that Americans and American Indians Share 

Pocahontas Didn't Save John Smith. She Saved America.

The Trail of Tears: A Moment of Shame

Who Really Won the Battle of Little Bighorn? It's Complicated.

The Retelling of Native American Stories Reflect How Americans Think About Themselves

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