During the presentation there would be different images projected on each object, such as a babbling brook on the rock, a wooded forest on the rug screen and tree tops with sky on the ceiling...what a show!
Their extenseive collection of artifacts (of which only a small percentage is on disploay at this location) is thanks to George Gustave Heye (184701957) who had the largest assemblage of Native American artifacts ever gathered by a single individual. This link has the interesting story about the man: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/small_nov00.html
"The Gifts of the Seven Grandfaters were the Seven Teachings - honesty, love courage, truth, wisdom, humility, and respect."
The ongoing exhibit, Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shpaes Our World, "focuses on indigenous cosmologies--worldviews and philosophies related to the creation and order of universe--and the spiritual relationship between humankind and the natural world."
There was also modern art such as the above basket, made from 16mm film.
This museum is worth a trip to Washington DC.