Life Group of Powhatan Indians with Capt. John Smith, Anthropology Exhibit, NHB

ID: 2002-10625 and 27076

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1910

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 44, Folder 1

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This life group exhibit has Captain John Smith standing on the prow of a boat with several colonists behind him and a group of Powhatan (Virginian) Indians, standing on the beach in front of him. The Native Americans are offering food stuffs and furs while Smith and the colonists are offering cloth and beads. This group is part of the Anthropology Exhibit in the United States National Museum's Natural History Building, now the National Museum of Natural History. The group was originally made by the United States National Museum for the Jamestown Tercentennial exhibition in 1907. William Henry Holmes designed the group, and it was executed under his direction.


  • Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
  • Smith, John 1580-1631
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology
  • Jamestown Ter-centennial Exposition (1907)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Original negative number is 27076. See RU305 Acc. #48781 for detailed information on this group.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 44, Folder 1

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


c. 1910

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  • Historians
  • Anthropology
  • Exhibitions
  • Ethnology
  • History
  • Indians of North America
  • Powhatan Indians
  • History--United States
  • Dioramas
  • Expositions


  • United States
  • Virginia


  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

2002-10625 and 27076

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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