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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York features exhibitions, dance and music performances, workshops, family and school programs, daily video screenings, and film festivals that present the diversity of the Native peoples of the Americas and the strength of Native cultures, past, present, and future.
Infinity of Nations
Art and History in the Collections of the
National Museum of the American Indian
This exhibition presents more than 700 works of art from throughout Native North, Central, and
South America. Objects include an exquisite Olmec jade head, an exceptionally rare Anishinaabe man’s outfit, and a remarkable Charles and Isabelle Edenshaw (Haida) painted spruce root hat. This unparalleled assemblage of American Indian cultural material represents the tremendous breadth of the collections and the richness of Native traditional and contemporary art. It also explores the historic importance of a significant number of these deeply cultural, profoundly social objects.
Circle of Dance
Through October 8, 2017
Circle of Dance is a five-year exhibition that presents Native dance as a vibrant, meaningful, and diverse form of cultural expression. Featuring 10 social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas, the exhibition illuminates the significance of each dance and highlights the unique characteristics of its movements and music. Each dance is showcased by a single mannequin dressed in appropriate regalia and posed in a distinctive dance position. An accompanying media piece compliments and enhances the mannequin displays. Presenting the range of dances featured in the exhibition this high-definition video captures the variety of the different Native dance movement vocabularies, and the music that is integral to their performance.
Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes
August 10, 2013 – June 15, 2014
Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes will juxtapose more than one hundred contemporary and modern works with historic, ancestral objects revealing the stories, experiences, and histories of Anishinaabe life in the Great Lakes region. The exhibition will feature works by modern masters such as Norval Morrisseau, George Morrison, Blake Debassige, Daphne Odjig, and others, who, each in their own way, sought visual expression for the spiritual and social dimensions of human relations with the earth. These same sources of inspiration are visible in traditional Anishinaabe arts, such as dodem or clan pictographs on treaty documents, bags embroidered with porcupine quill, painted drums, and carved pipes, spoons, and bowls. The continuity of Anishinaabe art emphasizes traditional Anishinaabe spiritual perceptions which are very much part of Anishnaabe identity today. The exhibition will provide visitors with an understanding of the Anishinaabe as contemporary citizens of North America with deep indigenous roots in the traditional Anishinaabe homeland of the Great Lakes.
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