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A Generation of Hope: Indigenous Peoples of the Heartland

Open January 28 - September 3, 2023

Omaha Children’s Museum is proud to present a brand new, original exhibit: A Generation of Hope: Indigenous Peoples of the Heartland, a collaborative effort between Omaha Children’s Museum and the local Indigenous community.

A Generation of Hope: Indigenous Peoples of the Heartland is a celebration of the people who have called this region home for thousands of years. Learn about their culture and traditions throughout this interactive exhibit. Climb the Bur Oak Tree, visit a school, learn about the importance of storytelling and the significance of the winter count to that tradition, then create your own winter count. Explore traditional housing and imagine life in an earth lodge, tipi, and much more!

This exhibit is sponsored by The Sherwood Foundation and Douglas County.

Community Contributors:

Sunshine Bear Cassandra Carols Valery Killscrow Copeland Alayna Eagle Shield Nina Eagle Shield Lance Foster Annika Johnson Taylor Keen Kayla Kent Father Dave Korth Cindy Krafka Andrea Macias Memorie White Mountain Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Wóuŋspe Isaiah Stewart Steve Tomayo Kelly and Aslan Tudor


Exhibit Pieces

Winter Count Learn how the Lakota and Dakota tribes recorded their stories and make your very own Winter Count.

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Three Sisters Play with the huge corn builder and learn about the Three Sisters - corn, squash, and beans.

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Earth Lodge and Tipi Explore traditional housing and imagine living in an Earth Lodge or a Tipi.

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The School Learn how to count to 10 in the Omaha, Ponca, and Ho-Chunk languages, design and construct your own Parfleche box, and more!

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Traditional Games Toss bone sliders across the ice and get them as close as you can to the X!

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Tree of Life Climber This climber is based on the Bur Oak tree, which grows along rivers and streams throughout Nebraska. Climb up and see if you can find the underwater serpent, the thunderbird, and some constellations!

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