A Century Ago: They Came as Sovereign Leaders

January 15, 2013–February 25, 2013
Washington, DC

This small photo exhibition focuses on President Theodore Roosevelt's 1905 inaugural parade and the six great chiefs who participated in the parade arriving with their own purposes in mind, representing the needs of their people. The chiefs included Buckskin Charlie (Ute), American Horse (Oglala Sioux), Quanah Parker (Comanche), Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Hollow Horn Bear (Brule Sioux) and Little Plume (Piegan Blackfeet). The exhibition goes beyond the intent of President Roosevelt's inaugural committee, which was to add color to the show. The six Native leaders had their own questions and actively sought President Roosevelt's attention to their concerns.

This exhibition was also on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., January 14–February 18, 2009.

Buckskin Charlie (Ute), American Horse (Oglala Sioux), Little Plume (Piegan Blackfeet), Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), and Hollow Horn Bear (Brule Sioux), passing in review before a newly inaugurated President Theodore Roosevelt, March 4, 1905. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, #LC-USZ62-560009.
Focused on major turning points in Native American history, American Indians/American Presidents shows how Native Americans interpreted the power and prestige of the presidency and advanced their own agendas, from the age of George Washington to the administration of George W. Bush.
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