Paul Chaat Smith

Exhibitions - Evidence


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.

Evidence Exhibition

Exhibition Details


Paul Chaat Smith, Ann McMullen, and Guest Curator Jolene Rickard


National Museum of the American Indian

Washington, September 21, 2004


Curator Talk: March 2005


Paul Chaat Smith