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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Submitted by atsila on
Dear Indian Country this article of Jimi Hyndrix is a well known story. Jimi was Black as well as Native American, as a matter of fact The first Native American Music Awards honored him with no problems. What I cannot understand about your paper and organisations is when I wrote an article for My ICT on The Black Indian Association, it became a big deal, I believe I was blocked so I could no longer write articles because of complaints of the word "Black Indian". The word "Black Indian was not penned by me. It was penned by whites to describe Indians Red and Black. There is a book Black Indians by William Katz and a film by Steven Heape narrated by James Earl Jones famous Black actor that found out he has Indian blood. The point that I am making is, it seems that ICT seems to agree with the racist that flagged the article for moderation and took extra measures to write a disclaimer.This to me seems in favor of racism and denial of the true history of America. Some folks want to rewrite history to suit themselves, it seems that because Jimi was famous he is worth mentioning.Yet a worthwhile Association as "The Black Indian Association" is not.

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Submitted by atsila on
I want to see if ICT will block the comment I wrote or be honest and fair and show it.