Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate and honor the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories, and important contributions of Native people.

Virtual Exhibitions

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.

Explore the art here.

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 the art here.

Permanent Collection

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.

Explore the art here.

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.

The virtual care package will go live here November 19.

Educational Resource

Explore Native American talks, programs, and presentations

Find recorded lectures, talks, and other videos on Native artists.

Listen here.

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.

Community Program

'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.

Learn more and take a virtual gallery tour here.