The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum honors American Indian Heritage Month with “The Many Faces of Red Cloud,” a program featuring Frank H. Goodyear, assistant curator of photographs at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Goodyear will explore the collaboration between the Lakota Chief Red Cloud and the different photographers who created his portrait from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the National Postal Museum’s Discovery Center. Goodyear also will talk about the postage stamp that bears the image of Red Cloud.
A great Native American war figure, Red Cloud was known to have very antagonistic relations with the United States. Therefore, it may be surprising to learn that Red Cloud was the most photographed Native American in the 19th century.
Goodyear will explore the manner in which Red Cloud subtly used his influence to impact photography, visual arts and relations between the United States and Native Americans. In addition, Goodyear will present his own analysis of the legendary chief’s image on a U.S. postage stamp. The stamp, Goodyear said, “confirms that Red Cloud is worthy of inclusion in American history.”
“The Many Faces of Red Cloud” is free and open to the public; reservations are not required.
The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing the largest and most comprehensive collection of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., in the Old City Post Office Building across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information visit the museum’s Web site at postalmuseum.si.edu.
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