IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas
March 17-May 15, 2011
IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas was developed, produced, and circulated by the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, with generous support from Akaloa Resource Foundation and the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Sampling of works on display.
Adolphus “Doc” Cheatham
Of Cherokee and Choctaw heritage, Doc Cheatham was a journeyman trumpeter and vocalist who received many awards in recognition of his remarkably long career. Here, he joins trombonist Vic Dickinson and alto saxophonist Earle Warren during an appearance at the Overseas Press Club in New York.
“Edmonia Lewis: Wildfire,” by America Meredith (Cherokee), 2007
Born in New York to an Ojibway mother and a Haitian father, Edmonia Lewis ca. 1844-1911) was the first African American woman to gain international acclaim as a sculptor. Finding the racial climate in America unbearable, Lewis moved to Rome in 1866.
Jimi Hendrix, The Royal Hall, London, February 18, 1969
Hendrix, who spoke proudly of his Cherokee grandmother, was one of many famous African Americans in the 1960s who cited family traditions linking them to Native ancestry.
Radmilla Cody, Miss Navajo Nation, and her grandmother, 2006
Radmilla Cody became Miss Navajo in 1997. Although she proved her cultural knowledge, her selection was controversial in the Navajo community because of her heritage.
Exposition Park--May 10, 2011
For more on IndiVisible, see IndiVisible Is "Long Overdue" and IndiVisible Causes Divisions.
Below: Radmilla Cody.