Inupiat Eskimo ivory cribbage board
Nome, Alaska, ca. 1900.
Photo courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian
Our Peoples: Giving Voice to Our Histories
WASHINGTON, D.C. • National Museum of the American Indian • Ongoing
|Historically, Native people have been portrayed in textbooks in narrow or inaccurate ways. In Our Peoples, Native Americans tell their own stories—their own histories—and in this way the exhibition presents new insights into, and different perspectives on, history. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Tapirapé (Mato Grosso, Brazil), Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma (USA), Tohono O'odham Nation (Arizona, USA), Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation (North Carolina, USA), Nahua (Guerrero, Mexico), Ka'apor (Maranhão, Brazil), and Wixaritari—sometimes known as Huichol—(Durango, Mexico) share with visitors a few of the multitude of stories that represent Native American experiences.|
The main story of Our Peoples focuses on the last 500 years of Native history and shows how the arrival of newcomers in the Western Hemisphere set the stage for one of the most momentous events in human history. In the struggle for survival, nearly every Native community wrestled with the impact of deadly new diseases and weaponry, the weakening of traditional spirituality, and the seizure of homelands by invading governments.
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