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Indian Motorcycles. Apache helicopters. Wigwam Motor Oil. Imagery of and inspired by Native Americans is pervasive in pop culture, advertising, artwork, fashion and film. In many cases throughout history Native images have been used as a mark of identity for the United States. Cigarettes, baking powder, motorcycles, TV character sidekicks, American currency and, of course, sports teams are among the places where the public encounters Native images or words. The National Museum of the American Indian’s new exhibition “Americans” focuses on Native American-themed products and references throughout history in context of how actual Native Americans are treated individually and collectively. We’ll talk with the curators about what the exhibition aims to address.
Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche) – associate curator at the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of the American Indian and co-curator of the “Americans” exhibition
Cécile Ganteaume – associate curator at the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of the American Indian and co-curator of the “Americans” exhibition
Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) – independent working artist and activist
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Ron Mader says
Wonderful conversation. My questions as a non-Indigenous person …
What sort of imagery would Indigenous peoples like others to see?
How are we using the social web to share, favorite, curate, retweet Indigenous voices?
What are the protocols of using photos of Indigenous peoples?