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IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the
Americas - March 17 - May 15, 2011

From the Smithsonian comes an important and enlightening traveling banner show about the intersection of American Indian and African American people and cultures. IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas explores historical and contemporary stories of peoples and communities whose shared histories are woven into the fabric of American identity, but whose presence has long been invisible to many in the U.S. The exhibition sheds light on the dynamics of race, community, culture and creativity, and addresses the human desire to belong. With compelling text and powerful graphics, the show includes accounts of cultural integration and diffusion as well as the struggle to define and preserve identity. CAAM will supplement this traveling banner show with objects.

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.

Photo Gallery

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.
Courtesy Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University

?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.
Courtesy America Meredith

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.
Photo by Graham F. Page, courtesy Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame

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.
?2009 John Running