|"The Great Smoke" case features a series of pipes and pipe bags as part |
of "Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations".
Image Courtesy of Paul Morigi/AP Images for The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
September 2014 - Fall 2018.
"Treaties lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. Treaties were solemn agreements between sovereign nations. Native Nations made treaties with one another long before Europeans came to the Western Hemisphere. The United States began making treaties with Native Peoples because they were independent nations. Often broken, sometimes coerced, treaties still define mutual obligations between the United States and Indian Nations..."
"the museum's most ambitious effort yet; it will present the history of the relationship between the United States and American Indian Nations through their treaties in the largest historical collection ever offered to an audience."
The Nation to Nation website includes a timeline of treaty history from Serious Diplomacy; Bad Acts, Bad Paper, Great Nations Keep Their Word, and The Future of Treaties. Each treaty mentioned includes a brief summary about its context and a pertaining image.
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