The National Museum of the American Indian’s permanent history exhibition focuses on the last 500 years of Native history and shows how the arrival of newcomers in the Western Hemisphere set the stage for one of the most momentous events in human history. In the struggle for survival, nearly every Native community wrestled with the impact of deadly new diseases and weaponry, the weakening of traditional spirituality, and the seizure of homelands by invading governments. But the story of these last five centuries is not entirely a story of destruction. It is also about how Native people intentionally and strategically kept their cultures alive.
Curator Talk, March 2005 (html)
National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, September 21, 2004
Paul Chaat Smith, Ann McMullen, and Guest Curator Jolene Rickard