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Red Black: A Shared History

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis is showcasing a very interesting exhibition that will explore the shared history between African and Native Americans on February 12th called Red/Black: Related Through History.

Red/Black will include an object-based exhibition created by the Eiteljorg Museum, and Indivisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas, a traveling panel show from the Smithsonian. The Eiteljorg Museum has been bringing together important art and artifacts that show the historical link, rich with stories of conflict and cooperation, since 2001.  African and Native Americans have shared history, genealogy, dress, food, music and occupations.

The exhibit explores stories of Native Americans owning slaves, helping them escape, and stories such as that of Charlie Grant, an African American second basemen who played for the Baltimore Orioles.  His manager, John J. McGraw, tried to pass Grant off as Charlie Tokohama, a Native American, which was more palatable to baseball fans at the time.

Red/Black has given itself the goal of exploring one of the most fundamental questions anyone can ask themselves: “Who am I, and who gets to say so?”

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