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Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana Exhibit


IUPUI students put the last minute touches to their exhibit before the reception.
The artifacts in this case are on loan from members of the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana.

This is a girl’s regalia. Many people refer to this clothing as costumes, which is incorrect.

Note the Miami dictionary.

Keeping the Miami traditions are important today.

The Miami history is long and the Miami Nation of Indians of Indian is determined to pass this history to their children and future generations.

Visit the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana website -

This project is a collaboration of thirteen undergraduate students, mostly anthropology majors at IUPUI, and one graduate student, pursuing a Masters Degree in Museum Studies. Under the leadership of the graduate student, the students have designed an exhibit based on the Miami of Indiana. The overreaching goal of the exhibit is to inform the public about the Miami Indians continued presence within our state. It is the student’s mission to tell this story as told through the words of the present day Miami of Indiana. The information was compiled mostly from conversations with the Miami Nation of Indiana.

The Indiana Historical Bureau, located in the Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, has generously donated the exhibit space, as well as providing many research opportunities. The Bureau has a strong research interest in Kilsoquah, the granddaughter of Little Turtle, and part of the exhibit will highlight this Miami women’s amazing life.

Dr. Larry Zimmerman is a professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at IUPUI and a Public Scholar of Native American Representation. The Museum Studies Program’s mission is to support the development of self-reflective, skilled, and engaged leaders in the museum field through experiences in and outside of the classroom and to advance the scholarship of museums and their missions.