The National Museum of the American Indian smithsoniannmai where a selection of pieces by various native cultures of the american continent from Alaska to Patagonia is exhibited.The first image is of Doña Esmeralda, a Puerto Rican who is continuing the tradition inherited from the taíno culture of handmade maguey fiber hammocks. Her photograph is part of a temporary exhibit ‘Taíno: herencia e identidad indígena en el Caribe’. Other images are a selection of works in the museums permanent collection exhibit ‘Infinity of Nations’. Last picture by notthatadamlevine #taíno #hamaca #hammock #museum #nativeculture
Spent the day in DC visiting places with the sole purpose of being uncomfortable. The National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Incredibly necessary for every person to visit. And a bonus stop at the National Portrait Gallery.
Throughout the 1920s Princess Atalie demonstrated her brilliance and versatility in the arts. Not only was she a critically acclaimed singer but also an accomplished graphic designer. She was dedicated to gaining recognition and opportunities for Native people both in the visual and performing arts and hoped to establish a Fine Arts building in Washington, D.C. In 1927 a series of her designs were exhibited at the Art Alliance in NYC. and we're made popular by an American silk manufacturer. A leading carpet manufacturer also used her designs and wove them into velvet floor coverings. In 1928 she opened the Indian Council Lodge in Manhattan, a private theater and gift shop that became known as the Princess Atalie Studio. She fervently believed Native motifs were adaptable to modern structural forms.
Photograph of Princess Atalie in her studio. Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
• Visited the #Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian for the first time in May. I really appreciate cultural-specific museums that embrace both the contemporary and traditional arts. Not pictured here, but their museum shop is the most abundant museum shop I’ve ever seen. Racks on racks on racks of museum tchotchkes!