Remembering the Experience of Past Generations
The Introduction describes how the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) came into being. Through consultations with hundreds of Native elders, artists, educators, and other professionals spanning the entire Western Hemisphere, the aim was to create a building and surrounding habitat that would be imbued with the messages of past generations and the essential spirit of place. Its ambition was to convey the long history of Native people in the area now called Washington, D.C., and throughout North and South America. The NMAI is a celebration of indigenous peoples' deep appreciation and understanding of the natural, animal, spirit, and human worlds.
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