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Native American Tour

People Who Are

"Of This Place"

Recommended Ages: Grade 3 and Up

The Burpee Museum invites your class to experience our newest contemporary exhibition "Of This Place." This exhibition is a collaborative effort between the Burpee Museum and Native people from the Sac and Fox, Potawatomi, and Ojibwe Nations. 

Be inspired by contemporary and traditional artworks, and learn about the histories of the three represented Nations from their own cultural educators and artists.

This exhibit features stories, art, videos, artifacts, and text that highlight voices of Indigenous people. Experience the journey that disconnected these Nations from the Rockford region and discover the resilience of Native culture that continues to thrive. 

Key Concepts:

This tour is designed and implemented with age/group appropriate depth. You can discuss details with Nicole Hayes (nicole.hayes@burpee.org), our Field Trip and Workshop Planner to be sure your tour covers the key understanding most appropriate to your curriculum goals. 

Students will explore the historical timeline of Indigenous people from the time of European contact to modern day.

In an age appropriate way, students will gain understanding of the impact of boarding schools and assimilation, and an understanding of relevant and current issues (i.e., stereotypes, generational trauma of boarding schools, missing and murdered Indigenous people) that Indigenous people have faced and are still facing today.

Students will gain deeper knowledge of three specific local Native Nations from this area, with a deep dive into the Sac and Fox, Potawatomi, and Ojibwe historical and modern traditions, art, and culture. 

Accessibility:

Program includes moving short distances in groups, and sitting on the floor for discussion and activities. Chairs and/or tables are available upon request. We believe there should be no boundaries for your student' Burpee Museum experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact 815-965-3433. We look forward to assisting you.

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Welcoming Sign
Welcoming Sign

Introduction sign highlighting exhibit features.

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Misconceptions
Misconceptions

Misconceptions of Indigenous people.

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Goodbye
Goodbye

Goodbye in different Native Nation languages.