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Jan 2018
Don’t Miss the “Americans” Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

One of the best things about living in DC is the number of amazing cultural resources in this city. One such resource is the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and right now it's hosting a very special exhibit entitled "Americans." The focus of this special show, which runs now through 2022, is to illuminate the presence of Native American culture, language, and imagery throughout the United States.

For example, have you ever wondered where the Potomac River got its name? Well, the answer is from the Algonquian word "patawomek," which means "they bring it," a reference to trading practices. Alternatively, have you ever stood in the butter aisle at the grocery store wondering why the Land O'Lakes logo includes an image of a kneeling Ojibwe woman dressed in buckskin? Visit the Museum of the American Indian and you can find out, as these are exactly the kinds of questions that are addressed in the"Americans" exhibit.