Celebrate the cultures, traditions, and contributions of Indigenous peoples from around Wisconsin and the country by visiting Milwaukee Public Museum's exhibits and exploring the online resources below.
Exhibits & Collections
A Tribute to Survival
Learn more about a modern-day powwow grand-entry scene through this lifelike diorama which uses models of actual local Native people.
Learn more about what life was like in the late 1800s and early 1900s on the Hopi reservation in Arizona. Today, the Hopi still live in their reservation lands of almost 2 million acres.
The Museum’s collections include moccasins from the 1800s to the early 1900s from the Oneida, Menominee, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Ho-Chunk Nations. Explore some of the features that indicate tribal affiliation such as patterns, beadwork, construction style, and more.
Indigenous peoples have harvested manoomin, or wild rice, for generations. Wild rice can teach us about the relationship between humans and the environment, including how human choices can threaten natural resources. Discover how western science and Indigenous knowledge can work together to preserve wild rice for future generations.
Learn more about the Kwakiutl people, who traditionally lived along the Pacific Ocean in what is known today as British Columbia, and whose lifeways and environment are depicted in many of our Second Floor Native American exhibits.
Check out the following resources to learn more about Native American heritage: