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Treasures of the National Museum of the American Indian: Smithsonian Institute (Tiny Folio #25)

Treasures of the National Museum of the American Indian: Smithsonian Institute (Tiny Folio #25)

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Publication Date: August 31st, 2005
Abbeville Press
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This Tiny Folio volume provides an impressive overview of the most significant collection of art by Native Americans anywhere in the world.

Established by an act of Congress in 1989, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and the arts of Native Americans. The museum’s collections span more than 10,000 years and—as this lavishly illustrated miniature volume demonstrates—include a multitude of fascinating objects, from ancient clay figurines to contemporary Indian paintings, from all over the Americas.

About the Author

Walter Richard "Rick" West Jr. (born January 6, 1943 in San Bernardino, California, January 6, 1943) is the president and CEO of the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. He was the founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, retiring from the position in 2007. He is also a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma and a Peace Chief of the Southern Cheyenne. His professional life has been devoted to serving the American Indian community on cultural, artistic, educational, legal and governmental issues.

Richard W. Hill, Sr. (Tuscarora), an artist, writer, curator, and professor, is Senior Project Coordinator at the Deyohahá:ge: Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic in Ohsweken, Ontario. From 1992 to 1995, Hill served as the assistant director for Public Programs and as the special assistant to the director at the National Museum of the American Indian. He has lectured and written extensively on placing Native American art history, history, and culture in its proper context, as well as on museum-history issues such as tribal consultation, repatriation, stereotyping, and cross-cultural education.

Clara Sue Kidwell is an academic scholar, historian, feminist and Native American author who is of White Earth Chippewa and Choctaw descent. She is considered to be a major figure in the development of American Indian Studies programs.