An intervention at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. This is a performance-based political intervention the weekend after Thanksgiving, the museum's busiest time of year. Placing a pack of American Spirit cigarettes, the iconic Native signifier, with English doily covered in tomato juice to make a statement about a more authentic Native history and to serve as commentary on existing Native stereotype.
This particular AMNH exhibit, representing "Eastern woodland Indians," has been on display with little change for the last hundred years. The phenotypically molded Native features on the mannequins seem timeless and lifeless with an air of romantic noble savagery. No real characteristics of the people exist here, just a museum representation.