This is the first museum dedicated entirely to Native American history, performing arts and culture. The museum examines the influence of immigrants on American Indian culture, and own centuries-old traditions. Most of its exhibits happen to be assembled through the wealthy patron George Gustav Heye.
On display are textiles, ceramics and beadwork, as well as fabulous leather clothing and painted hides, pottery and basket work, Navajo weavings, beaded and feathered headdresses, wood and stone carvings, sashes, hats and shoes.

There are also drawings, prints and paintings. These items of both cultural and spiritual significance are derived from different regions of America and stretch beyond to include the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. They are sucked from a perpetual collection of 800,000 artefacts. Well outlined, the words explaining the objects are sourced from your Native Americans themselves.

The museum’s Film and Video Center has daily screenings in relation to themes worth addressing in contemporary Native American life – one is very made for families. It also hosts an internationally renowned biennial Native American Film and Video Festival. For other events such as plays, music and dance performances, lectures, native writers’ readings, crafts workshops and special programs look at the website.

The grand, granite US Custom House in which this museum is housed is one kind of America’s finest beaux-arts buildings developed by Cass Gilbert. Look up to see the exquisite ornate, symbolic carvings about the 44 columns gracing the facade,If you are interested in a brief history in the United States make sure to browse the National Museum from the American Indian.

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