Lakota moccasins, about 1910 Note heavy wear evident in the loss of beads and the worn texture of the leather Cheyenne moccasins worn by a young girl, 1930s-40s Leekya Deyuse, Dan Simplico, pin, mid-20th century, silver, turquise Colin Coonsis, necklace - Spread Your Wings Like Fire, 2009, silver, Mexican fire opal Virgil Ortiz, Cochiti figure, 2003, clay, sinew Jacob Koopee, pot, 2007, clay Margaret Tafoya, Olla, 1960s, clay Kevin Cranmer, sun mask pendant, 2004, yellow cedar, abalone shell, brass, paint Marcus Ammerman, Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull, 2006, glass size 13 cut, antique and seed beads and size b Nymo nylon thread Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Crumbo, Deer and the Moon, 1945, oil on canvas board, framed Artist unknown (Lakota), doll, undated, cloth, leather, glass beads, hair, paint Unknown artist (Pomo), Basket, feather, ca. 1900, willow, sedge, clamshell disc beads, abalone shell pendants, quail topknots, acorn woodpecker feathers, Western Meadowlark feathers, cotton string Unknown artist (Tlingit), mask, ca. 1880, wood, shell, hair, leather, pigment, resin Unknown artist (Western Apache), Olla, ca. 1895, natural wood fibers (willow, cottonwood, martynia) Unknown artist (Flathead), vest, ca. 1920, natural fiber fabric, dye, glass beads Unknown artist (Cree), saddle, ca. 1870, elk or moose hide, glass beads, wool yarn, fabric, plant fiber Unknown artist (Kwakwak'awakw), mask, ca. 1890, wood, leather, string, paint Unknown artist (Lakota), dress, ca. 1880, leather, glass and metal beads Unknown artist (Lakota), shirt, ca. 1875, leather, glass and metal beads
Native American Continuing Exhibitions
Continuing Native American exhibitions are located in the second floor galleries.  Mihtohseenionki (The People's Place) is devoted to understanding the Native people who originally and still call Indiana home—the Miami, Potawatomi, Delaware and others. The rest of the gallery space is dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures and lay the foundation for learning about the experiences of America’s first peoples past and present. Objects from Alaska to Mexico and from the Atlanta to the Pacific are included.

Partnerships with artists and tribal communities provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art and cultures of Native people. Visitors to the Native American galleries quickly realize that there is no one item that represents all Native peoples, as the objects on display illustrate the artistic and cultural diversity found throughout North America.

The Mihtohseenionki Map is now here as a free interactive webpage with all the features of the original 2002 in-gallery map. Website visitors can use the changing map of the Indiana Region to see where Miami and other Native peoples lived from the 1600s to where they live today. Hear Miami speakers say, “Mihtohseenionki.”  See objects similar to those in the gallery; identify other indigenous groups who came into the region; see and listen to contemporary Miami and Potawatomi people as they discuss treaties and the 19th century removal of their ancestors. The map can be a powerful tool for students who are learning the history of Indiana. Enjoy this new resource and then plan to visit Mihtohseenionki (The People’s Place) gallery at the Eiteljorg Museum.
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