CAPITAL JOURNEY – WASHINGTON , DC . A VISIT TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN .

Unlike  the  American  Indian  Museum  in  New  York  City ,  the  National  Museum  of  the  American  Indian  in  Washington ,  DC  isn’t  located  in  a  building  that  was  something  else  at  one  time .

This  building ,  which  is  located  at  4th  Street  and  Independence  Avenue  is  surrounded  by  a  series  of  peaceful  and  tranquil  waterfalls .

On  one  side  in  the  front ,  you  notice  the  figure  of  a  Native  American  warrior  wearing  a  Buffalo  headdress  .

As  someone  who  is  part  Cherokee  Indian  on  my  mother’s  side ,  I  wanted  to  visit  this  museum  while  I  was  in  Washington  DC .

I  didn’t  only  wanted  to  see  the  artifacts  and  relics  from  the  other  tribes ,  but to  especially  see  everything  that  pertained  to  the  Eastern  Band  of  Cherokees  in  North  Carolina .

Since  this  is  a  Smithsonian  museum ,  the  admission  is  free .

The  museum  is  opened  everyday  from  10am  until  5:30pm.

As  you  walk  into  the  lobby ,  you  notice  a  statue  of  George  Washington  standing  with  two  Native  American  chief’s  ,  one  of  whom  is  a  woman .

At  first  I  wondered  why  George  Washington  was  there  and  what  did  he  have  to  do  with  the  Native  Americans ?

But  fast  forward  a  few years  later  to  my  trip  to  the  The  Museum  of  the  American  Revolution  in  Philadelphia  .

Looking  back on my visit   now

, the statue  did  make  sense .

The  two  Native  American  chief’s  were  from  the  Oneida  Band  of  Indians .

The  Oneida  tribe  was  one  of  the  first  Native  American  tribes  that  helped  the  colonists  against  the  British .

As  I  continue  walking ,  I  noticed  the  figure  of  a  horse  adorned  with  the  Native  garb  from  the  Seminole  tribe  in  Florida .

This  museum ,  like  the  one  in  New  York  City ,  just  doesn’t  focus  on  the  tribes  from  North  America ,  but  the  native  people  from  South   America ,and  Central  America ,  but  on a  much  grander  scale .

There’s  even  a  restaurant  inside  the  museum  called  the  Mitsitam  Cafe ,  which  serves  foods  common  to  all  tribes  in  the  Americas .

This  museum  is  not  one  of  the  most  visited  museums  in  town  and  I  really  don’t  see  why  not .

This  is  a  museum  that  every  American  should  visit  while  you’re  in  Washington  DC .

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