american indian magazine fall 2017 cover

Vol. 18 No. 3Fall 2017

On the Cover: Already a familiar face in Washington, D.C., Sicangu (Brule) Lakota chief Mat ó Hé lo e a, or Hollow Horn Bear (c. 1850–1913) became the iconic, if unnamed, “American Indian” by 1923, when his likeness appeared on the new 14-cent U.S. postage stamp. He also appeared on the five-dollar bill, the first and only historic Native to be shown on U.S. paper currency. Hollow Horn Bear fought alongside Oglala Lakota Chief Red Cloud in Red Cloud’s War of 1866–68 and participated in the defeat of Gen. George A. Custer in the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. Yet he later served as a delegate to the federal government and marched in the inaugural parades of Theodore Roosevelt in 1905 and Woodrow Wilson in 1913. His transition from feared enemy to national symbol is one of the mysteries explored in the major new exhibit Americans, opening this fall at the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall.

U.S. 14-cent postage stamp issued May 1, 1923, in Washington, D.C., and Muskogee, Okla. Clair Aubrey Huston designed the stamp, based on a picture taken in 1905 by Bureau of American Ethnology photographer De Lancey W. Gill. Louis Schofield engraved the vignette. (Scott catalogue 565).

In This Issue

Marcella Ernest and Keli Mashburn,, 2013 (video stills).

Art That Moves

Life, and tradition, are in constant motion, and Native artists are capturing this state of flux through a variety of technologies. The new exhibit Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound, opening November 10 at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, reflects this dynamic force of change.


Even before there was a United States, colonial settlers used Indian imagery to set themselves apart from Europe. The major new exhibit Americans, opening this fall at the Museum on the National Mall, explores the ubiquitous Native presence in American popular culture and its role in national self-...
Bronze Pocahontas sculpture outside St. George’s

Marking the 400th Anniversary

An international conference in London this past March marked the 400th year since the daughter of Powhatan, best known as Pocahontas, died in England on a tour arranged by promoters of the new Jamestown colony. The wide range of scholarship represented there is helping to lift the veil surrounding this...
Sculpture Model Created and Photographed by Michael Keropian

The Road to Kingsbridge

The British ambush of the Stockbridge Indian Company on Aug. 31, 1778, not only caused the death of dozens of Native allies of the American Revolution and their leaders Daniel Nimham and his son Abraham, it fatally weakened the long struggle of the Mohican and Munsee peoples to preserve their homeland.
The 2,200-pound tableau Allies in War, Partners in Peace.

A Light at the Museum

A new animation display at the NMAI – D.C.’s popular statue and meeting place Allies in War, Partners in Peace illuminates the role of the Oneida Indian Nation in supporting Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army.
Navajo Code Talker Thomas Begay greets the Native American Women Warriors

In Their Own Voices

Cross-country meetings with American Indian veterans have clarified the vision for the National Native American Veterans Memorial. A juried competition for its design will begin Nov. 11, 2017.
Pitseolak Ashoona (Inuit, 1904-1983), Games of My Youth, 1978

It's Just Between Us

Three generations from one famous Cape Dorset, Nunavut, family of artists track changing attitudes of Canadian Inuit toward the modern world, and themselves. An impressive selection of their works is now on display at the George Gustav Heye Center in Lower Manhattan.

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