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Native American Heritage Month
Celebrate and honor the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories, and important contributions of Native people.
Hearts of Our People: Native Woman Artists
Women have long been the creative force behind Native art. Presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and scholars, this first major exhibition of artwork by Native women honors the achievements of over 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years.
Storytelling: Julie Buffalohead
Julie Buffalohead creates visual narratives told by animal characters who have personhood, agency, and individuality. Like all great storytellers, Buffalohead connects the mythical with the ordinary, the imaginary, and the real, and offers a space into which viewers can bring their own experiences. As we enter her worlds, she coaxes us to discover additional layers of meaning—social, historical, political, personal—using metaphor, wisdom, and wit.
Explore Mia's Native American Art Collection
The Native American Art collection at Mia is rich in examples of the highest quality art. Experience highlights from the permanent collection on view in Galleries 259 -261.
Virtual Care Package
Creative Nutrients for Resiliency
Resiliency is important during times of crisis. This Third Thursday, we ask ourselves: how do we refill our cups and build strong reserves that will last? Our virtual care package, a collaboration with local Native artists, teachers, healers, and elders, will share creative nutrients to draw on for hope, resiliency, healing, and joy.
Native Art, Native Voices: A Resource for K-12 Learners
This resource is designed to support the integration of Native voices and art into K-12 curriculum. It includes artist interviews, essays about artworks in Mia’s collection and questions to support deep looking, critical thinking, and discussion, art lessons developed by and with Minnesota Native artists, and reading selections for students to help provide environmental context for the artworks. “Native Art, Native Voices” includes information about Native cultures both past and present and supports Minnesota state standards for visual arts and social studies/U.S. history.
'Keep the Fire Alive' Youth Mural
During the summer of 2020, Mia partnered with All Nations Indian Church, Indigenous Peoples Task Force, and SAMHSA Native Connections to create a mural with the Keep the Fire Alive theater troupe. Watch the video and learn more here.
Owámni Falling Water Festival
Owámni means “falling water” in the Dakota language. For the past 7 years, our partners at the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board have co-hosted a free and family-friendly event that celebrates Indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art, and more. This year during the month of November, the Owamni Festival offers online opportunities for people to learn more about Dakhóta and other Indigenous cultures along the Mississippi River.