Indigenous Corps of Discovery

An interactive tour of the Smithsonian's Presidential Portrait Gallery combines the personal and political as tour guide and artist DeLesslin George-Warren recounts Presidential history through the stories of the Catawba Indian Nation. Hear the impolite - and often violent - episodes of presidential history.


October 10 - January 20

National Portrait Gallery

This tour is the first of many expeditions to explore the wilderness of state, local, and national museums and discover why Indigenous peoples are absented from them. Come explore.

Learn the history of indigenous peoples as they interacted with the Presidents of the United States. From George Washington - "Devourer of Villages" - to Richard Nixon - who ended the era of Termination - you've never heard presidential history like this before.

Content warnings for frank discussions of colonization including sexual violence and child abuse. Not recommended for children.

A project of artist and Catawba Indian Nation citizen DeLesslin George-Warren

Take a Tour

Tours are available for groups of 4-10 people throughout the week and weekend. The gallery is open daily from 11:30-7 and the tours last approximately 45 minutes. All tours meet on the 2nd floor of the National Portrait Gallery building (8th and F Streets NW), outside the entrance to the Presidential Portrait Gallery, in front of the life-size statue of Andrew Jackson.

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