Mitchell Museum of the American Indian - Evanston, Illinois

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Mitchell Museum of the American Indian - Evanston, Illinois

Postby dognose » Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:38 pm

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

For thousands of years, artisans have expressed their cultural stories in a wide range of jewelry: showing off local and prized trade materials, expressing traditional symbols, and perfecting new techniques and designs adapted from other cultures. Native and non-Native peoples have cherished Native American made jewelry not just for its intrinsic beauty, but especially for the cultural stories and symbolism the jewelry shares. It can be worn everyday or for special events and rights of passage. It often represents social status, identity, assimilation, as well as, solidarity with cultural preservation. Native American jewelry is even worn to embody the powers of animals and deities and remind us of our internal strengths. The exhibit displays over 80 exquisite pieces from the museum’s collection and local collectors. The exhibit also shares the multi-faceted stories each piece tells about the preservation of culture, histories, and spirituality in the face of cross-cultural assimilation.

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a handful of museums across the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, and culture of Native American and First Nation peoples from throughout the United States and Canada. It promotes public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives.

Since its founding in 1977, the Mitchell Museum has evolved into a cherished resource of collections, exhibits, programs and activities that introduce visitors from throughout the Chicago region to the cultures of American Indians. The Mitchell Museum’s mission is to promote and share a deeper understanding of Native American peoples through the collection, preservation, and interpretation of their traditional and contemporary art and material culture.

The museum’s collection includes archeological, ethnographic and art objects of American Indian and Inuit people from the Paleo-Indian time period through the present day. The museum serves as a resource for the Evanston community, for the greater Chicago area and its schools, for Native peoples, and for researchers from other educational and cultural institutions. The museum is dedicated to work collaboratively with each of its constituencies in all of its activities, including collections care, exhibitions, guided tours, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, loan programs and docent training.

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

Admission: $5

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