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Posted by SAUL WEBER on Saturday, January 20th 2024:

In Reply to: Indian Reservation posted by Nora Hopkins on Saturday, January 20th 2024:

The site you're talking about was actually part of
The Museum of the American Indian in New York.

I found the following on the internet:

The Museum of the American Indian was a spectacular collection of nearly one million objects acquired by the financier George Gustav Heye from more than 600 American Indian tribes, from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic. Many of the artifacts were displayed at Mr. Heye’s museum, which opened in 1922 on Broadway in Washington Heights. But more than 800,000 items, from moccasins and arrowheads to buffalo hides and masks, were stored in a warehouse and on the grounds of the site in the Bronx.

Mr. Heye died in 1957, and over the next few decades the Bronx site remained open to researchers. In 1990, after years of tumultuous negotiation, the artifacts were acquired by the Smithsonian Institution. Mostly from 2000 to 2005, the collection was painstakingly restored and transferred to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. That museum has three branches: one in Washington; one in Maryland, just east of Washington; and one in New York, the George Gustav Heye Center, in the old United States Customs House opposite Battery Park.

Scott Merritt, assistant director of operations at the Heye Center, said four totem poles, three concrete display teepees and a log cabin were outside the Bronx warehouse at the time the collection was moved.


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