The American Indian Experience: From the Margins to the Center
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) opened its doors in Washington in 2004. The goal? Nothing less than to change how we see the lives of Native peoples. NMAI curator Paul Chaat Smith leads a discussion on hard lessons and brilliant mistakes from the front lines of Washington’s most controversial museum.
Paul Chaat Smith is the author of Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee (1996) and Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong (2009). His exhibitions for the National Museum of the American Indian include Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian and Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort (currently on view) and the permanent history gallery. Smith is Comanche. He has been with the museum since 2001.