National Traveling Exhibition

About the Traveling Exhibition

       Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country is a national traveling panel exhibit based upon a larger exhibition of the same name developed by the Newberry Library in Chicago.  It is being displayed at 23 libraries and four tribal centers throughout the United States. 

      The exhibit provides a new perspective of the encounters the United States Corps of Discovery had with over 50 Native American tribes on its expedition to the Pacific Ocean and back between 1804 and 1806.  It traces the dramatic impact of those encounters on the Indian country and United States history.  The Corps' interactions with Native Americans brought together cultures with very different world vies, motivations, and expectations, and resulted in two centuries of dramatic change in the region.  Frederick E. Hoxie, Swanlund Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, curated the exhibit.

      Exhibit visitors will be offered unique opportunities to explore the "Indian Country" as it existed at the beginning of the nineteenth century; to glimpse the variety of relationships Native peoples and the Lewis and Clark party forged with one another; to view the impact of the American presence on the Indian Country; and to reflect on the efforts of contemporary reservation communities to support and sustain the Indian Country and its remarkable cultures in the twenty-first century.

      The traveling exhibition, located on the first floor of Ablah Library, occupies 1,000 square feet of space.   It consists of six sections which are comprised of 10 panels each.   Each panel contains reproductions of rare historical documents, photographs, and illustrative materials.  Artifacts from the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology will also be on display.

The sections of the traveling exhibition focus on:

Read about the the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial:
Lewis and Clark Bicentennial by Frederick E. Hoxie, Traveling Exhibit Curator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

George Catlin. "Mah to toh pa (The Four Bears),"  copied by the artist from his Souvenir of the North American Indians As They Were in the Middle of the 19th Century, 1852.  The Newberry Library, Chicago.

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