A Century Ago: They Came as Sovereign Leaders
January 15, 2013–February 25, 2013
This small photo exhibition focuses on President Theodore Roosevelt's 1905 inaugural parade and the six great chiefs who participated in the parade arriving with their own purposes in mind, representing the needs of their people. The chiefs included: Buckskin Charlie (Ute), American Horse (Oglala Sioux), Quanah Parker (Comanche), Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Hollow Horn Bear (Brule Sioux) and Little Plume (Piegan Blackfeet). The exhibition goes beyond the intent of President Roosevelt's inaugural committee, which was to add color to the show. The six Native leaders had their own questions and
sought President Roosevelt's attention to their concerns.
This exhibition was also on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., January 14–February 18, 2009.
Tourist In Your Own Town #16: National Museum of the American Indian / U.S. Custom House
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This month we visit the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian located within the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in Lower Manhattan, across from Bowling Green. The Custom House was one of the earliest designations of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, is on the National Register of Historic Places and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
National Museum of the American Indian
The museum holds one of the most extensive collections of Native American arts and artifacts in the world and regularly presents contemporary Native American artists with a variety of programs.
The museum is free and open daily.
U.S. Custom House
This 1907 Beaux Arts masterpiece was designed by the great Cass Gilbert and features a three story oval rotunda decorated with murals from New York artist Reginald Marsh.
Public Tours are given to offer an in-depth look at the unique architecture, including a visit to the Collectors Office that features woodwork by Tiffany Studios.
Museum info: nmai.si.edu/visit/newyork/