Native American Voices

November is Native American Heritage Month, and we are honored to celebrate and amplify Native Americans in our community of the past, present, and future.

Through shared stories and unique programs, Conner Prairie provides learning experiences for every individual. This month, we explore the life, culture and experiences of Native Americans and how they have shaped Indiana’s history.

It is with gratitude to all people of Native American heritage that we celebrate this month.

CURIOUS CONVERSATIONS: Learning Through Objects in Lenape Culture

Mike Pace In Traditional Lenape Clothing

Virtual Lecture

Material culture — the objects produced, used and traded by a group of people — can help us learn more about them. Join Sara Schumacher, Curator of Native American History & Life at Conner Prairie, as we learn about the Lenape culture through discussions with interpreter Mike Pace and other members of the Delaware Tribe of Indians.

Explore the Culture

This is Problematic episodes to tune into:

Conner Prairie brings you the straight up facts of the history still affecting us today! We hold no punches getting to the core of the problems of the past and their ramifications. Come sit with us, and our guests, as we take a journey through problematic history!

Episode 3: Native American Representations and Misrepresentations in American Media and Culture with Dr. Liza Black

Join Hannah and Easton for a discussion with Dr Liza Black about Native American Representation and Misrepresentations throughout American Culture and Media. This discussion spans the range of sports to film and includes recommendations for how to diversify your media consumption.

Episode 6: Mekinges with Sara Schumacher

Join Hannah and Easton for a discussion with Sara Schumacher, Curator of Native American History and Life, about Mekinges. This discussion dives into the life and the story of William Conner's First wife and Lenape Indian Mekinges.

Videos to watch:
Why the Dogs and Wolves Fear Each Other
Curious Conversations: Learning Through Objects in Lenape Culture
Delaware Tribe Museum Opening

An animated narrative of the Lenape tale 'Why the Dogs and Wolves Fear Each Other,' original narration by Nora Thompson Dean, re-recorded narration by Mike Pace. A young dog wanders through the forest, and he enters a council held by the animals of the forest. A wolf speaks and asks who might fetch fire for warmth from the Lenape village nearby. The young dog agrees to go and is taken in by a nice Lenape girl. He then forgets to bring fire back to his friends, and the wolves have held a grudge ever since.

Lenape Today
Annette Ketchum Growing up Lenape
Paula Pechonick Tribal Politics
Videos to watch:
Why the Dogs and Wolves Fear Each Other
Curious Conversations: Learning Through Objects in Lenape Culture
Delaware Tribe Museum Opening
Lenape Today
Annette Ketchum Growing Up Lenape
Paula Pechonick Tribal Politics
Pages to discover:
Lenape Indian Camp

Step into Indiana territory in our earliest historical area, 1816 Lenape Indian Camp. Here you will explore the life, culture and relationship between the Lenape Indians and American fur traders.

Collections: Lenape buildings
Lenape Indian Camp

Learn about the building that are sitting on the grounds in the lenape Indiana camp today.

Learn more about Native American Heritage Month through our newest blog:
Image of Lenape Indian camp

The impact of Native American Heritage Month

November 1, 2022

Native American Heritage Month became official in the United States in 1990 after Congress and President George H. Bush signed a resolution that designated November as the first National American…

Important Figures

Mike Pace
Make Pace Lenape Indian Camp
Little Turtle
Little Turtle
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Photo of Robin Wall Kimmerer
Images and Author Bio used with permissions from Kimmerer and her team.

Smithsonian Resources

As a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, we are encouraged to share educational resources that honor Native American history. We want to celebrate the work that is being done across the nation with regard to community building and activism. Follow along with #SmithsonianNAHM and #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth to learn about the importance of Native Americans by the Smithsonian and partnered Smithsonian-affiliated institutions.

Wanting to discover more about Native American Stories? View the sources below:

IMLS

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services 45.312