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Exhibitions/ The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky/ Video


Excerpt from Most Serene Republics (2009)

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many Native Americans traveled to Europe to participate in Wild West shows, and several died there. This documentary film tells the story of Edgar Heap of Birds's 2007 installation to honor those lost. The work was a collateral project organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian for the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Excerpt from thirteen-minute film Most Serene Republics (2009). © 2007 National Museum of the American Indian. Courtesy of Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds. John E. Allen Archive

Interviews with Contemporary Artists Represented in the Exhibition

The videos in the following playlist were produced by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in conjunction with their presentation of the exhibition (September 19, 2014–January 11, 2015).