At New American Indian Museum, Artifacts Are “Alive”

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 21, 2004   View Article

When the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of the American Indian opened today in Washington, D.C., visitors got their first glimpses of many artifacts that, in the eyes of Indians, are literally alive.

“The items are alive, just like Indian people are alive,” said historian Clifford Trafzer, director of American Indian Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

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