The Infinity of Nations Culture Quest website explores content from the exhibition Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. Students can explore 25 works of art; the Culture Quest, which features interactive segments focused on 10 objects; and Meet the Artist, which introduces students to five Native American artists and their modern creations.
1: American Indian Cultures
Culture is a result of human socialization. People acquire knowledge and values by interacting with other people through common language, place, and community. In the Americas, there is vast cultural diversity among more than 2,000 tribal groups. Tribes have unique cultures and ways of life that span history from time immemorial to the present day.
2: Time, Continuity, and Change
Indigenous people of the Americas shaped life in the Western Hemisphere for millennia. After contact, American Indians and the events involving them greatly influenced the histories of the European colonies and the modern nations of North, Central, and South America. Today, this influence continues to play significant roles in many aspects of political, legal, cultural, environmental, and economic issues. To understand the history and cultures of the Americas requires understanding American Indian history from Indian perspectives.
3: People, Places, and Environments
For thousands of years, indigenous people have studied, managed, honored, and thrived in their homelands. These foundations continue to influence American Indian relationships and interactions with the land today.
Common Core State Standards
Read and comprehend complex literacy and informational texts independently and proficiently.
National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (High School)–National Council for the Social Studies
Knowledge–That the beliefs, values, and behaviors of a culture form an integrated system that helps shape theactivities and ways of life that define a culture.
II. Time, Continuity, and Change.
Knowledge–The study of the past provides a representation of the history of communities, nations, and the world.
III. People, Places, and Environments.
Knowledge–The theme of people, places, and environments involves the study of the relationships between human populations in different locations and geographic phenomena such as climate, vegetation, and natural resources.
College, Career, & Civic Life–C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards
Explain how the cultural and environmental characteristics of places change over time.