Mitchell Museum
of the American Indian

3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Storytelling: Inspiring Traditions for Generations

Temporary Exhibit - Closing January 16, 2015

In American Indian life ways, many stories are meant to teach children the customs and beliefs of their tribes while recording contemporary histories.  The exhibit opens Saturday January 25th 2014 and provides a window into American Indian and First Nations story traditions and artifacts from across the United States and Canada.

Across the country, there are hundreds of thousands of stories that make up the oral traditions of North America’s first people.  Stories that share, record, entertain, and teach others about this life and culture.  In the exhibit, you can consider contemporary issues facing American Indian cultures, such as language preservation and land ownership.  Learn how American Indians use storytelling traditions as tools to face these concerns. Likewise, you will explore ways in which storytelling is told beyond the oral tradition, including Plains Indian Sign Talk (PST), dance, and art.

In the exhibit, explore major themes including creation, animal personalities, Trickster tales, and prophecies.  Come gather around our campfire and exchange stories of your own.  Discover how and why winter counts are created, and contribute to the museum’s winter count of the year.  Share the history of America’s first people, and watch as the stories of the past become stories of today.

 “This exhibit contains over sixty artifacts from tribes throughout the United States and Canada that share the unique ways American Indians and First Nations people share their traditions,” says Mitchell Museum curator, Melissa Halverson.  “An Ojibwe drum and Winnebego jingle dress represent song and dance.  A Navajo rug portrays Butterfly Maiden and her story is woven into the rug’s fabric. Storytelling is often imagined as something shared through books or oral history, meant for a specific time and place. But Native American story tradition is dynamic, and goes beyond pen and paper.  We are providing a space for people to participate in and learn about these traditions here at the Mitchell Museum.”

Tuesday – Saturday:
10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

Adults: $5.00
Children, students, teachers, seniors: $3.00 
Mitchell Members: FREE
Tribal Members: FREE

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