Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

Wednesday, November 18 - December 1

All Day

Watch A Conversations about ‘Americans, a presentation held at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Learn more about the history of Thanksgiving and the relationship between Native and non-Native Americans over the years.
Here is a link to the video on YouTube

Curators Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche) and Cécile R. Ganteaume, and Director Kevin Gover (Pawnee), offer insights into “Americans,” the provocative new exhibition on view at the museum in Washington. Artist, curator, and writer Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree/Member of the Siksika First Nation) moderates.

American Indian images are everywhere, from the maiden on Land O’Lakes butter to the mascot on the Cleveland Indians’ uniform. American Indian words 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 reference points in everyday conversations. “Americans” asks how we should understand the evocations of American Indians that have surrounded Americans since before the Revolution to the present day. The exhibition also explores Native and non-Native Americans’ surprising, entangled history.

Americans is on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., through 2022. See the exhibition website at https://nmai.si.edu/americans/.

The companion book, “Officially Indian: Symbols that Define the United States,” by Cécile R. Ganteaume, with a forward by Colin G. Calloway and afterword by Paul Chaat Smith, can be purchased from the museum’s Books and Products page at http://s.si.edu/2Ei4XAz or from bookstores everywhere. Or ask your librarian to acquire a copy for the collection of via interlibrary loan.

This program was webcast live and was recorded in the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on January 18, 2018.