Indivisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas

Picture of Comanche family, early 1900s

Within 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.

Addressing more than 500 years of Native American history and the challenge of society’s established racial categories, the National Museum of American Indian’s traveling exhibit INDIVISIBLE: African-Native American Lives in the Americas visits Portland Community College at the Cascade Campus Library from November 21, 2013 to January 23, 2014.

A reception and presentation on the exhibit will be held in the Cascade Library on Friday, January 10, 2014 from 3:00-5:00pm. 

Life experiences of African-Native American peoples have become a vital part of American identity. Faced with centuries of government policies and laws that systematically oppressed and excluded, African-Native Americans came together to find creative and effective ways to fight back. This multidisciplinary exhibit addresses this history, governmental policy, sociology, anthropology, art, music, and literature from the 15th century to the present.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American IndianNational Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service (SITES).