What Might Have Been; Treaties and Nation-Building

February 3, 2015 5:28 PM

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Exhibitions about rarely or poorly told pivotal histories are best when conveyed through First Voice, and such is the case with Nation to Nation. American Indian Museum Director Kevin Gover (Pawnee), a seasoned lawyer with treaty experience, led the development of the exhibition, and brought noted writer and curator Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) to organize it. Beautifully and smartly laid out in four sections and featuring 125 objects from the museum's collection and other lenders, videos and interactive elements, Nation to Nation tells a complex and riveting story about First Contact and optimism, diplomacy and deception, territorial expansion and displacement, institutional racism and cultural repression, and survivance, social activism and reaffirmation.

"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land."

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