Apr 16, 2018 2018-04-16
A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian, titled simply Americans, shows how all aspects of contemporary American life have been touched by the history and symbols of native culture. American Indian images, names, and stories infuse American history and contemporary life. The images are everywhere, from the Land O’Lakes butter maiden to the Cleveland Indians’ mascot, and from classic Westerns and cartoons to episodes of Seinfeld and South Park. American Indian names 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 popular reference points in everyday conversations. Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the images, names, and stories reveal the deep connection between Americans and American Indians, as well as the ways Indians have been embedded in unexpected ways in the history, pop culture, and identity of the United States. Students can explore some of these images and stories in the museum’s online exhibit.
Plus: The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has launched Native Knowledge 360°, a national education initiative to inspire and promote improved teaching and learning about American Indians. With this launch, NMAI is unveiling the new NK360° education webpages, featuring information about the initiative, educational resources for classrooms, professional development opportunities, and other important information for educators.