Our Home: Native Minnesota

Our Home Native Minnesota now on view.
Our home Native Minnesota now on view.

An enduring presence and deep connection to the land.

Minnesota History Center
3rd Floor Gallery

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An enduring presence and deep connection to the land.

Learn about Native communities in Minnesota, including stories of survival, resiliency, and adaptation.

Native Americans — Dakota, Ojibwe, as well as people from other tribal nations — have dwelled in this area for thousands of years and still live here today. This exhibit shares their stories, enduring presence, and deep connection to the land.

View historic and contemporary photographs, maps, and artifacts — and learn how Native people have retained cultural practices, teachings and values, and an essential connection to home.

Selected items on view

Explore a wide range of objects spanning time periods, traditions, and materials. The exhibit draws on the depth and breadth of MNHS collections and archives, as well as objects on loan, to present the history and contemporary stories of the region’s Indigenous peoples.

Upcoming events

Cancelled "Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian" Film Screening
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Mar 31, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cancelled Artists in the Gallery Birchbark with Pat Kruse
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Apr 25, 2020, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Artists in the Gallery Basket Weaving with April Stone
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., May 16, 2020, 10:30 am - Noon
Artists in the Gallery Traditional Native Games with Jeremy Red Eagle and Twin Cities Native Lacrosse
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Jun 13, 2020, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Artists in the Gallery TBD
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Jul 18, 2020, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm