It’s Native American History Month. Here are 9 places in North America where you can see and learn some of that history close-up.
By Crai S. Bower
Today's children enjoy access to a wealth of information about the diverse cultures of Native American and Canadian First Nations people. ... From southeastern Connecticut's Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center to Florida's Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum to the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, indigenous people share their culture and philosophy, entertain and educate visitors about their experience and wisdom living on the North American continent for many thousands of years.
Thanks also to Bower for stating the obvious. Except for a few museum dioramas or a Thanksgiving pageant in school, most people have no exposure to real Indians. They learn about Indians from the media. From product advertisements, sports broadcasts, and Hollywood portrayals of Indians in everything from old Westerns to the Twilight saga.
For more on the NMAI, see Pix of My 2009 Washington DC Trip. For more on Indians in museums, see Indians in Natural History Museums, Autry Museum vs. Southwest Supporters, and Museums Yes, Casinos No.
Below: "The Iroquois Indian Museum pays tribute to the extraordinary past of the Six Nations."