Highlights From “Infinity of Nations”
A new exhibition explores thousands of years of artwork from the Native nations of North, Central and South America
- By Jess Righthand
- Smithsonian.com, January 04, 2011
(Walter Larrimore, National Museum of the American Indian)
An array of ten brightly colored headdresses—adorned with macaw and toucan feathers, painted wood and animal hide—greets visitors as they enter “Infinity of Nations,” the new permanent exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. Each headdress represents one of ten regions covered in the exhibit (three in South America, one in Mesoamerica, five in North America and another in the Arctic/Subarctic).
According to project manager Duane Blue Spruce, the headdresses symbolize both the multitude of indigenous cultures in the Western Hemisphere and the status of these groups as sovereign nations.