Blackfeet woman's beaded dress, ca. 1890

Date:
1890

This dress, made by the Blackfeet tribe, represents the Our Peoples collection. The collection details the interactions between American Indians and Europeans over the last 500 years. In the struggle for survival, nearly every Native community wrestled with the impact of deadly new diseases and weaponry, the weakening of traditional spirituality, and the seizure of homelands by invading governments. But the story of these last five centuries is not entirely a story of destruction. It is also about how Native people intentionally and strategically kept their cultures alive.

Location:
4th St and Independence Ave SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
13.2383
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian