Our Home Native Minnesota exhibit.

Our Home: Native Minnesota

Now on view at Minnesota History Center

Ticket price includes admission to all Minnesota History Center exhibits. MNHS Members get in free.

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.

Nooshkaachinaagan (winnowing tray).

Nooshkaachinaagan (winnowing tray)

Made by Pat and Gage Kruse, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Birch bark, willow, simulated sinew 2014

“Mni Wiconi” ćekpa oźuha (“Water is Life” umbilical cord pouch).

“Mni Wiconi” ćekpa oźuha (“Water is Life” umbilical cord pouch)

Made by Holly Young, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (Dakota) Brain-tanned leather, glass beads, horsehair, and metal 2016

 Child’s floral jacket.

Child’s floral jacket

Made by a Dakota artist Late 1800s

 Woman’s cape.

Woman’s cape

Made by a Yankton artist Early 1900s

Bandolier bags.

Bandolier bags

These heavily beaded shoulder bags made and worn by several North American Indian tribes around the Great Lakes are prized cultural icons in Minnesota and around the world

Star quilt.

Star quilt

“Star Knowledge” star quilt made by Gwen Westerman, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate (Dakota), 2014

Additional resources

The Seven Council Fires.

The Seven Council Fires (Oceti Ŝakowiŋ) is an overview of Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota cultural objects that can be found in the Minnesota Historical Society’s artifact collection.

Explore The Seven Council Fires
The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 had a profound impact in shaping Minnesota as we know it today. Learn about its causes and its far-reaching consequences.

The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
Ziibaaska’ iganagooday: The Jingle Dress at 100.

The global influenza epidemic that killed millions of people worldwide in 1918-19 was the tragic inspiration behind a revolutionary new tradition of healing that emerged in Ojibwe communities.

Ziibaaska’ iganagooday: The Jingle Dress at 100
Native American Artist-in-Residence program.

The Native American Artist-in-Residence program was created for the purpose of exposing Native American artists working within traditional art forms to Minnesota Historical Society collections.

Native American Artist-in-Residence program
Dakota family history research guide.

A Dakota person’s family history can reach as far back as stories can tell. Elders and other storytellers are often the best guide. This online guide may help with the more recent part of that history.

Dakota family history research guide
Ojibwe family history research.

Ojibwe or Anishinaabe people arrived in Minnesota from the east hundreds of years ago by way of the Great Lakes. This guide may help in researching your family history.

Ojibwe family history research
Explore Ojibwe material culture.

Ojibwe material culture is an overview of cultural objects — totaling over 2,000 items — that can be found in the Minnesota Historical Society’s collection.

Explore Ojibwe material culture
Dakota language newspaper.

Iapi Oaye, a Dakota-language missionary newspaper, was published monthly, first in Greenwood, Dakota Territory and later in Santee, Nebraska, between May 1871 and March 1939, when it ceased publication.

Dakota language newspaper
Books: Native American studies.

Shop for books about Native American survival, resiliency, and adaptation.

Books: Native American studies
MNopedia articles.

Search our online encyclopedia about Minnesota to learn more about Ojibwe and Dakota history and culture.

MNopedia articles