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INDIVISIBLE: African-Native Lives in The Americas

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      IndiVisible - African Native American Lives in the Americas

      • Introduction
      • Policy
      • Community
      • Creative Resistance
      • Lifeways

      ithin the fabric of American identity is woven a story that
      has long been invisible—the lives and experiences of people
      who share African-American and Native American ancestry.

      African and Native peoples came together in the Americas.

      Over centuries, the African Americans and the Native Americans
      created shared histories, communities, families, and ways of life.

      Prejudice, laws, and twists of history have often divided them from others,
      yet African-Native American people were united in the struggle against
      slavery and dispossession, and then for self-determination and freedom.

      For African-Native Americans, their double heritage is truly indivisible.

      The exhibition IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas 
      is a collaboration between the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American
      National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and
      the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service (SITES).

      Mashpee family
      Foxx family

      Hendricks-Hill family
      Mashpee Wampanoag

      Gilroy family
      Creek/Choctaw and Muscogee Creek


      McIntosh family
      Creek Nation (Turtle Clan/Wind Clan)

      Questions of Identity

      African-Americans of Mixed-Race are often pressed to choose a single racial "identity".

      Historically, laws and customs regarding who was [to be categorized as] "Negro"
      decreed that any trace of African ancestry made you "black", regardless of skin color.

      But the "one-drop" rule—whether applied in European American or
      Native American practices—was a one-way street: a "drop" of Caucasian
      or Native blood did not make you European American or Native American.

      Socially, and often legally, racial heritage is directly linked to acceptance and privilege.

      For some, "passing" as Indian was a strategy to take advantage of White notions of color.

      But stories of "passing" as White or Indian usually fail to consider
      underlying reasons, ranging from a desire for acceptance and
      opportunity to an embrace of a complex family history.

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      "These people belong to each other."

      Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

      Smithsonian -- National Museum of the American Indian

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