START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY – VISITING THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN .

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 .

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