Americans

October 26, 2017–Fall 2027
Washington, DC

American Indians represent less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, yet names and images of Indians are everywhere: military weapons, town names, advertising, and that holiday in November. Why?

Americans features nearly 350 objects and images, from a Tomahawk missile to baking powder cans, all demonstrating that Indian words and images are everywhere in American life. Through this display and an examination of the staying power of four stories—Thanksgiving, Pocahontas, the Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn—this exhibition shows that Americans have always been fascinated, conflicted, and profoundly shaped by their relationship to American Indians.

Join the conversation as the museum explores centuries of wildly mixed feelings about Indians. Where do you see Indian imagery? Tell us, using #NDNsEverywhere.

NMAI Director Kevin Gover discussed some of the exhibition’s themes in his 2015 TEDx Talk, "(Re)Making History: The Real Story is Bigger and Better."

This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of the Cherokee Nation.

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