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Postcard of the National Museum of the American Indian

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Artwork on the postcard done by Elizabeth Day.

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) was created on November 18, 1989, when President George H.W. Bush signed an act allowing the transfer of the Museum of the American Indian into the Smithsonian to create NMAI.

Color postcard advertising on Friday, July 21, 2000, in Denver Colorado, of a one-day exhibition from the National Museum of the American Indian called "Return to a Native Place: Creating the National Museum of the American Indian." The front of the postcard is a watercolor rendering of a model of the National Museum of the American Indian. The postcard is unused, but the message side has printed information about the exhibit.

National Museum of the American Indian Staff, New York City

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Featured in Torch, October 1990.

Museum of the American Indian staff (and some colleagues from the Huntington Library) gathered in July for this group photo in New York City. The Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, located at that time at 155th Street and Broadway, became part of the Smithsonian Institution in the summer of 1990.

The collection, which became part of the Smithsonian in June 1990, was assembled by George Gustav Heye (1874-1957) during a 54-year period, beginning in 1903. He traveled throughout North and South America collecting Native objects. Heye used his collection to found New York's Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation and directed it until his death in 1957. The Heye Foundation's Museum of the American Indian opened to the public in New York City in 1922. The Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, was relocated in 1994 to the Alexander Hamilton United States Custom House.

National Museum of the American Indian, 2004

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SIA2010-0489 is a color derivative of the original born digital image and SIA2010-0490 is a black and white derivative of the original born digital image. This image was included in the September 2004 issue of the TORCH.

The National Museum of the American Indian opened on September 21, 2004. The museum was the first dedicated to American Indian culture and heritage on the National Mall. The building, designed by architect Douglas Cardinal, is five stories, with 250,000 square feet, and is located between the National Air and Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol.

Indian Summer Showcase Concert: She King

National Museum of the American Indian

Ozomatli Concert - Indian Summer Showcase Concert

National Museum of the American Indian

Indian Summer Showcase Concert: She King

National Museum of the American Indian
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Ozomatli Concert - Indian Summer Showcase Concert

National Museum of the American Indian
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Our Warrior Spirit: Native Americans in the U.S. Military

National Museum of the American Indian

Our Warrior Spirit: Native Americans in the U.S. Military

National Museum of the American Indian
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indiVISIBLE: African-Native American Lives in the Americas

National Museum of the American Indian
Held on the occasion of the groundbreaking exhibition IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas, this symposium aimed to bring visibility to African-Native American lives and initiate a healing dialogue on African-Native American experiences for people of all backgrounds. The program took place before a lively, standing-room-only audience on November 13, 2009, in the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater in Washington, D.C. The scholarly forum expanded and enhanced the exhibition’s compelling themes of race and policy, creative resistance, blended communities, and African-Native lifeways. In illuminating the relationships between African Americans and Native Americans that developed over centuries, the symposium offered a vital new understanding of how these life experiences have become an essential part of our American identity.
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indiVISIBLE: African-Native American Lives in the Americas

National Museum of the American Indian
Held on the occasion of the groundbreaking exhibition IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas, this symposium aimed to bring visibility to African-Native American lives and initiate a healing dialogue on African-Native American experiences for people of all backgrounds. The program took place before a lively, standing-room-only audience on November 13, 2009, in the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater in Washington, D.C. The scholarly forum expanded and enhanced the exhibition’s compelling themes of race and policy, creative resistance, blended communities, and African-Native lifeways. In illuminating the relationships between African Americans and Native Americans that developed over centuries, the symposium offered a vital new understanding of how these life experiences have become an essential part of our American identity.

Quantum Leap: Does "Indian Blood" Still Matter? Part 2

National Museum of the American Indian
Unlike other ethnic minorities in the United States, American Indians are defined not solely by self-designation but by federal, state, and tribal laws. Blood quantum—originating from archaic notions of biological race and still codified in contemporary policy—remains one of the most important factors in determining tribal citizenship, access to services, and community recognition. This concept, however, is not without debate and contestation. This symposium features Native scholars who approach this important and complex topic from various perspectives. Sociologists Eva Marie Garroutte (Boston College) and C. Matthew Snipp (Stanford) join historian Malinda Lowery (UNC Chapel Hill) and anthropologist Kimberly TallBear (UC Berkeley) in a discussion moderated by museum historian Gabrielle Tayac. Presented on September 16, 2011.

Quantum Leap: Does "Indian Blood" Still Matter? Part 1

National Museum of the American Indian
Unlike other ethnic minorities in the United States, American Indians are defined not solely by self-designation but by federal, state, and tribal laws. Blood quantum—originating from archaic notions of biological race and still codified in contemporary policy—remains one of the most important factors in determining tribal citizenship, access to services, and community recognition. This concept, however, is not without debate and contestation. This symposium features Native scholars who approach this important and complex topic from various perspectives. Sociologists Eva Marie Garroutte (Boston College) and C. Matthew Snipp (Stanford) join historian Malinda Lowery (UNC Chapel Hill) and anthropologist Kimberly TallBear (UC Berkeley) in a discussion moderated by museum historian Gabrielle Tayac. Presented on September 16, 2011.

Quantum Leap: Does "Indian Blood" Still Matter? Part 2

National Museum of the American Indian
Unlike other ethnic minorities in the United States, American Indians are defined not solely by self-designation but by federal, state, and tribal laws. Blood quantum—originating from archaic notions of biological race and still codified in contemporary policy—remains one of the most important factors in determining tribal citizenship, access to services, and community recognition. This concept, however, is not without debate and contestation. This symposium features Native scholars who approach this important and complex topic from various perspectives. Sociologists Eva Marie Garroutte (Boston College) and C. Matthew Snipp (Stanford) join historian Malinda Lowery (UNC Chapel Hill) and anthropologist Kimberly TallBear (UC Berkeley) in a discussion moderated by museum historian Gabrielle Tayac. Presented on September 16, 2011.
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Quantum Leap: Does "Indian Blood" Still Matter? Part 1

National Museum of the American Indian
Unlike other ethnic minorities in the United States, American Indians are defined not solely by self-designation but by federal, state, and tribal laws. Blood quantum—originating from archaic notions of biological race and still codified in contemporary policy—remains one of the most important factors in determining tribal citizenship, access to services, and community recognition. This concept, however, is not without debate and contestation. This symposium features Native scholars who approach this important and complex topic from various perspectives. Sociologists Eva Marie Garroutte (Boston College) and C. Matthew Snipp (Stanford) join historian Malinda Lowery (UNC Chapel Hill) and anthropologist Kimberly TallBear (UC Berkeley) in a discussion moderated by museum historian Gabrielle Tayac. Presented on September 16, 2011.
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