Untitled (Lake Superior Landscape) 1999; George Morrison, Pen and colored inks on paper; gift of Bill and Krista Thorburn; 2017.94.2

Native American Heritage At Mia

Native American Heritage At Mia

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

For more history on Native American Art at Mia, click here.

Current Exhibitions

Reimagining Native/American Art

On View November 11, 2023-May 27, 2024 in Galleries Galleries 301-304.

What happens when Native American and American art is seen together, rather than in separate places? Might we look at these artworks in a new way? What stories and connections emerge from this new way of being together?

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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 collection here.

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Self-Guided Tour

In celebrating Native American Heritage Month, we acknowledge the multiplicity of Indigenous perspectives, traditions, and visions of contemporary Native American Artists. The gallery maps on the last page of this tour identify the locations of the artworks.

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Explore Past Exhibitions

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


In Our Hands: Native Photography, 1890 to Now

Presenting over 150 photographs of, by, and for Indigenous people, “In Our Hands” welcomes all to see through the lens held by Native photographers. Open October 22, 2023 – January 14, 2024.

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The Lyrical Artwork of Jim Denomie

Jim Denomie (Ojibwe, Lac Courte Oreilles Band, 1955–2022) drew inspiration from lived experiences, pop culture, Anishinaabe traditions, and American histories to tell compelling narratives that depict his experiences of being Native in America.

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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.

Learn more and take a virtual gallery tour 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

Untitled (Lake Superior Landscape) 1999; George Morrison, Pen and colored inks on paper; gift of Bill and Krista Thorburn; 2017.94.2