The three of you walk past that Wall Street Bull again and head towards the next stop on your 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City – the New York branch of the Museum of the American Indian .
The three of you have seen the big one in Washington DC , and you enjoyed it .
The one in New York City is housed in what used to be the Alexander Hamilton Customs House .
The Museum in New York is also known as the George Gustav Heye Center .
This branch is much smaller than the one in Washington DC .
You don’t remember if you all went
through security in the one in Washington , but this being New York City , you have to .
The three of you take the elevator up to the third floor where you can check on your ancestry as it’s dedicated to the immigrants who came to New York City .
As your own relatives immigrated from Eastern Europe to Cleveland and other parts of the Midwest , this isn’t what you all want to see .
But one of the exhibits there really grabs your attention .
It’s a passenger boat ticket from 1911 of a man who immigrated from Odessa , Russia to New York City .
The three of you know someone who would be very interested in this .
Your grandmother , who came to the United States with her parents from Russia during World War I .
You can’t even pronounce the city in Russia that she came from .
The three of you enter the section of the museum that’s officially known as the George Gustav Heye Center .
This museum not only has artifacts from tribes in the United States and Canada , but tribes from Central America , South America and the Caribbean .
Your cousin points out one of the colorful dresses worn by the Lakota tribe here in the United States .
She also tells you about the Eskimo dress worn in Canada .
You just have to correct her .
We call them Eskimos here but in Canada , they’re called Inuit .
Your other cousin is looking at the figure in one of the glass cases .
It reminds the three of you of one of the totem poles that you all saw when your 30 Plus Teams Tour took the three of you to Seattle and Vancouver , Canada .
” Look , a Haida Indian figure . Half animal , half human , ” one of your cousins states .
” Look at those teeth . Scary , ” , you reply .
The three of you move onto the section that spotlights the Mayan Indians of Mexico and Central America , especially Guatemala .
The three of you love the vibrant colors of the pottery that’s in the glass cases .
You’re surprised to learn that there were Indians in the Carribean , but then you all remember from your history classes .
They were there way before Columbus came .