National Museum of the American Indian

1 Bowling Green
Manhattan, NY 10004
Lower Manhattan


The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present and future—through partnership with Native people and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values and transitions in contemporary Native life. Current exhibitions include Infinity of Nations, Circle of Dance, Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed, and coming in March 2016, Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains. The museum also hosts special events and public programs.

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Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center, this major bilingual exhibit showcases select pieces from one of the world's largest and rarely seen collections of more than 10,000 ancient ceramic objects from the Americas. The selected pieces showcase Central America's first peoples and the societies they developed through seven regions (Ulúa River, Maya, Lempa River, Greater Nicoya, Central Caribbean, Greater Chiriquí and Greater Coclé) that today make up parts of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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