Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

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

Permanent Collection

Explore Mia's Native American Art Collection

Collection on view in  Galleries 259 -261.

The Native American Art collection at Mia is rich in examples of the highest quality art. Experience highlights from the permanent

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Current Exhibitions

Unexpected Turns: Women Artists and the Making of American Basket-Weaving Traditions

March 11, 2021 – December 12, 2021
Robert and Marlyss White Gallery (Gallery 281)
Free Exhibition

Across traditions, techniques, and styles, women have forged new and sometimes interconnected paths as innovators and mentors.

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August 21, 2021 – April 3, 2022
Gallery 255
Free Exhibition

Explore Mia’s collection of Pueblo art highlighting Keresan, Tewa, Towa, and Hopi voices and culture.

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Virgil Ortiz: Convergence

August 21, 2021 – April 3, 2022
Free Exhibition

This immersive experience celebrates the futuristic worlds created by multidisciplinary artist Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo).

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Explore Past Exhibitions

Explore Mia’s past exhibitions dedicated to the art and culture of Native Americans.


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.

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Educational Resources

Explore Native American talks, programs, and presentations

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

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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 Programs

'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.

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Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Virtual Gathering

The Minneapolis Institute of Art collaborates with Nawayee Center School and Native artists to provide creative activities as part of this annual community gathering.

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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