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"Exploring the Rich Heritage of American Indian Culture" Step back in time and immerse yourself in the vibrant world of the American Indian

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: THE FIRST THANKSGIVING At Plymouth, Massachusetts. Oil on canvas, 1914, by Jennie A. Brownscombe

THE FIRST THANKSGIVING At Plymouth, Massachusetts. Oil on canvas, 1914, by Jennie A. Brownscombe

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: RIVERA: PRE-COLUMBIAN LIFE. The Zapotec Civilization. Mural, c1925

RIVERA: PRE-COLUMBIAN LIFE. The Zapotec Civilization. Mural, c1925, by Diego Rivera at the Ministry of Public Education, Mexico City

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: American Indian tribe locations in 1715

American Indian tribe locations in 1715
Map of Native American tribe locations circa 1715, continental U.S. Printed color lithograph

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: SSanta Fe, New Mexico, United States. Indian Market, Native American basket

SSanta Fe, New Mexico, United States. Indian Market, Native American basket

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Young Crow Indian

Young Crow Indian
A Crow boy in dance costume, 1905. Printed reproduction of a photograph by Edward Curtis

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: American Indian tribe locations about 1700

American Indian tribe locations about 1700
Map of Native American locations, circa 1700. Printed lithograph

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Southwest, American Indian art & handicrafts. Navajo blanket, beadwork, turquoise necklace

Southwest, American Indian art & handicrafts. Navajo blanket, beadwork, turquoise necklace, silver & turquoise belt buckle, 12-century Anasazi Mimbres bowl. PR

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, 1845. Creator: George Caleb Bingham

Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, 1845. Creator: George Caleb Bingham
Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, 1845

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: VIRGINIA MAP, 1612. Captain John Smiths map of Virginia, 1612

VIRGINIA MAP, 1612. Captain John Smiths map of Virginia, 1612

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: TENOCHTITLAN (MEXICO CITY) at the time of the Spanish Conquest: colored woodcut, 1556

TENOCHTITLAN (MEXICO CITY) at the time of the Spanish Conquest: colored woodcut, 1556

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: CHEYENNE CHIEF, c1910. The Cheyenne chief Two Moons. Photographed by Edward S. Curtis, c1910

CHEYENNE CHIEF, c1910. The Cheyenne chief Two Moons. Photographed by Edward S. Curtis, c1910

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: PILGRIMS: THANKSGIVING, 1621. The First Thanksgiving of the Pilgrims, 1621

PILGRIMS: THANKSGIVING, 1621. The First Thanksgiving of the Pilgrims, 1621. After a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Sitting Bear - Arikara, 1908. Artist: John Andrew & Son

Sitting Bear - Arikara, 1908. Artist: John Andrew & Son
Sitting Bear - Arikara, 1908. The Arikara are a semi-nomadic Native American tribe who lived on the plains of South Dakota. Their population was decimated by smallpox in the 1830s

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: PEACE PIPE CEREMONY, 1718. Chitimacha Native Americans in Louisiana on their way to take part in

PEACE PIPE CEREMONY, 1718. Chitimacha Native Americans in Louisiana on their way to take part in the calumet ceremony upon the conclusion of peace with the French in 1718

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: TENOCHTITLAN (MEXICO CITY). Mexico City at the time of the Spanish Conquest

TENOCHTITLAN (MEXICO CITY). Mexico City at the time of the Spanish Conquest: colored woodcut from the Latin edition of Cortes Second Letter, Nuremberg, 1524

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Tomochichi and his son

Tomochichi and his son
Yamacraw chief Tomo-chichi Mico and his son. Hand-colored woodcut of an illustration

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Southwest, Indian

Southwest, Indian handicrafts. Jemez pottery, 12-century Anasazi Mimbres bowl, Navajo buckle, Navajo bead work & turquoise necklaces, Acoma seed pot. PR

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: REVOLUTIONARY WAR CARTOON. The Female Combatants - or Who Shall. English cartoon, 1776

REVOLUTIONARY WAR CARTOON. The Female Combatants - or Who Shall. English cartoon, 1776, on the war between America and England

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: PNAT2A-00002

PNAT2A-00002
Red Cloud, or Mahpiua Luta, Oglala Sioux chief, in quilwork shirt, 1890s. Albertype reproduction of a photograph

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Navajo sand paintings preserved on tiles

Navajo sand paintings preserved on tiles
Navajo sand paintings on tiles displayed for sale at the intertribal Indian Ceremonial in Gallup, New Mexico. Photograph

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Crow chief

Crow chief
Crow Indian chief in a traditional war bonnet and clothing, circa 1900. Digitally colored halftone of a photograph

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: NATI2D-00054

NATI2D-00054
Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park, Anasazi/Ancestral Puebloan ruins, Colorado. Digital photograph

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: NATI2A-00094

NATI2A-00094
Cherokee alphabet developed by Sequoyah. Woodcut reproduction with a watercolor wash

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: NATI2A-00044

NATI2A-00044
Map of the Six Iroquois Nations in Pennsylvania and New York, 1771. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of an 18th-century document

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Grizzly bear attacking a Pawnee hunter

Grizzly bear attacking a Pawnee hunter
Pawnee Indian and his horse attacked by grizzly bears, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: PNAT2P-00002

PNAT2P-00002
Red Cloud, or Mahpiua Luta, Oglala Sioux chief, in quilwork shirt, 1890s. Albertype reproduction of a photograph

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: PNAT2A-00041

PNAT2A-00041
Sitting Bull. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century photograph

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: NATI2A-00016

NATI2A-00016
Earth lodge of the Omaha tribe, Great Plains, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: NATI2A-00009

NATI2A-00009
Innuit family with dog team and sled, . Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: The Three Chiefs-Piegan, Printed 1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

The Three Chiefs-Piegan, Printed 1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
The Three Chiefs-Piegan, Printed 1900

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Before the storm, c1906. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Before the storm, c1906. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Before the storm, c1906. Four Apaches on horseback under storm clouds

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Sioux tepee of buffalo-hide

Sioux tepee of buffalo-hide
Tipi made of buffalo hide sewn with sinew in the traditional way, Wicoti Living History Lakota Encampment, Black Hills, SD. Digital photograph

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: BOLIVIA: TIAHUANACO FIGURE. Drawing of one of the many figures on each side of

BOLIVIA: TIAHUANACO FIGURE. Drawing of one of the many figures on each side of the main figure of the Sun Door at Tiahuanaco, Bolivia

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: PERU: CHAVIN STELE. Drawing of the Raimondi stele, portraying a chieftain wearing

PERU: CHAVIN STELE. Drawing of the Raimondi stele, portraying a chieftain wearing an elaborate crown. Chavin culture of ancient Peru, 9th to 2nd century B.C

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: MENAWA (c1766-1837). Native American Creek chief

MENAWA (c1766-1837). Native American Creek chief. Lithograph after a painting by Charles Bird King, 1826

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: TENOCHTITLAN (MEXICO CITY). Great Tenochtitlan / The Market: detail from Diego Riveras mural of

TENOCHTITLAN (MEXICO CITY). Great Tenochtitlan / The Market: detail from Diego Riveras mural of market day in the Aztec
TENOCHTITLAN (MEXICO CITY). Great Tenochtitlan/The Market: detail from Diego Riveras mural of market day in the Aztec capital. The Great Temple is seen in background

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: NATI2A-00113

NATI2A-00113
Wampanoag warrior in full costume, Massachusetts. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Corn, beans and squash grown the native American way

Corn, beans and squash grown the native American way
Native American three-sisters method of growing corn, beans, and squash, New Mexico. Photograph

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Tipi camp at night, Lakota Sioux Tipis, Custer County, Black Hills, Western South Dakota

Tipi camp at night, Lakota Sioux Tipis, Custer County, Black Hills, Western South Dakota, USA

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: MANHATTAN PURCHASE, 1626. Peter Minuit (1580-1638) Dutch colonial official in America

MANHATTAN PURCHASE, 1626. Peter Minuit (1580-1638) Dutch colonial official in America. Peter Minuits purchase of Manhattan Island, 1626, after the painting by Alfred Fredericks

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: NATIVE AMERICANS / FISHING. Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest catching whitefish in

NATIVE AMERICANS / FISHING. Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest catching whitefish in the rapids of the Columbia
NATIVE AMERICANS/FISHING. Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest catching whitefish in the rapids of the Columbia River, Washington Territory. Wood engraving, 1871

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: MEXICO: AZTEC SACRIFICE. Aztecs offering human sacrifices to the sun-god

MEXICO: AZTEC SACRIFICE. Aztecs offering human sacrifices to the sun-god. Aztecs performing ritual sacrifice on a stone inscribed with the Aztec account of their history. Drawing, late 19th century

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: RIVERA: CUERNAVACA. Diego Rivera: The Taking of Cuernavaca. Detail of fresco in Cortez-Palace

RIVERA: CUERNAVACA. Diego Rivera: The Taking of Cuernavaca. Detail of fresco in Cortez-Palace, Cuernevaca, Mexico

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: SIEUR DE LA SALLE (1643-1687). French explorer. La Salles party feasting in Illinois Village

SIEUR DE LA SALLE (1643-1687). French explorer. La Salles party feasting in Illinois Village, 1680: oil on canvas, 1847, by George Catlin

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Anasazi / Ancestral Puebloan cliff-dwelling, Betatakin

Anasazi / Ancestral Puebloan cliff-dwelling, Betatakin
Betatakin, a cliff-dwelling of the Anasazi/Ancestral Puebloans, circa 1250-1300 AD, within Navajo National Monument, Arizona. Photograph

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Tecumseh and his brother, The Prophet

Tecumseh and his brother, The Prophet
Tecumseh pulling his brother, The Prophet, by the hair. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: PNAT2A-00020

PNAT2A-00020
Little Turtle, chief of Miami tribe. Hand-colored woodcut of a portrait

Background imageAmerican Indian Collection: Casa Grande, Hohokam ruins, Arizona

Casa Grande, Hohokam ruins, Arizona
Doorway of Casa Grande, the remains of an ancient Hohokam farming village in central Arizona. Digital photograh



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"Exploring the Rich Heritage of American Indian Culture" Step back in time and immerse yourself in the vibrant world of the American Indian. From ancient civilizations to historic events, their legacy is beautifully depicted through art and artifacts. Delve into pre-Columbian life with Diego Rivera's captivating mural, showcasing the Zapotec Civilization. The intricate details transport you to a bygone era, offering glimpses into their daily lives. Journey to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where Jennie A. Brownscombe's oil painting captures "The First Thanksgiving. " Witness the harmonious gathering between Pilgrims and Native Americans as they celebrate unity amidst adversity. Trace the footsteps of tribes across America with maps from 1612 and 1715. These visual representations reveal how indigenous communities thrived across vast territories, each with its unique customs and traditions. Experience Santa Fe's Indian Market, where Native American baskets showcase exquisite craftsmanship passed down through generations. Admire these masterpieces that embody cultural pride and artistic excellence. Marvel at Captain John Smith's map of Virginia from 1612, providing insights into early interactions between European settlers and local tribes. This historical document sheds light on a pivotal chapter in American history. Explore Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) during Spanish conquest through a colored woodcut from 1556. Marvel at its grandeur before it was forever altered by colonization—a testament to resilience against foreign forces. Discover Cheyenne Chief Two Moons' regal presence captured by Edward S. Curtis in 1910—an iconic portrait that immortalizes tribal leadership during challenging times. Witness Jean Leon Gerome Ferris' depiction of "The First Thanksgiving" in 1621—a heartwarming scene symbolizing cooperation between Pilgrims and Native Americans during an uncertain period for both cultures. Meet Sitting Bear - Arikara - brought to life by artist John Andrew & Son in 1908—his dignified gaze reflecting strength and resilience, embodying the spirit of his people.