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Indigenous Corps of Discovery - Presidential Portrait Expedition



The project “Indigenous Corps of Discovery – Presidential Portrait Expedition” was supported by Humanity in Action as a grant competition project.

From Indigenous Peoples Day (Columbus Day, October 10th, 2016) until Inauguration Day (January 20th, 2017), Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Roo George-Warren gave truth-telling tours of the Smithsonian’s Presidential Portrait Gallery to more than 150 people. Each tour lasted from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours and presented audiences with a research-based indigenous retelling of US presidential history. By centering indigenous people in the telling of US history the tours highlighted the curatorial decisions used in creating exhibitions and how these decisions hide indigenous peoples, their histories, and the imperial story of the United States.