Native American Heritage Month at MUAM

November is Native American Heritage Month. This month, the University is highlighting events that showcase Native American cultures, identities, and experiences.

This heritage month is a time to recognize and celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native peoples. The aim is to educate the general public and raise awareness about these identities, experiences, and contributions.

The Miami University Art Museum respectfully acknowledges the Shawnee and Myaamia people, who, along with other indigenous groups, were the first stewards of the land we now occupy.

Learn more on the official University Heritage Month site here.

Exhibition Spotlight at MUAM: Global Perspectives

The Webster Gallery (Gallery 5) houses our ongoing exhibition which features cultural works from our permanent collections and on loan. In this gallery, you can travel the world with many global cultures represented.

As part of National Native American Heritage Month, we would like to draw attention to the Native American section in this exhibition. Thirteen different tribes and pueblos are represented with pieces of jewelry, decor, textiles, baskets, pottery and sculpture. This is just a sampling of Native American objects housed in our collection.

Tribes and pueblos represented include:

Tribes: Diné (Navajo), Southwestern US Myaamia, Southwestern Ohio Pima, Southern Arizona Pomo, California Tlingit, Pacific Northwest

Pueblos: Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico Cochiti, New Mexico Hopi Pueblo, Arizona Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico Zia Pueblo, New Mexico Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico

We encourage you to take some time this month to visit gallery 5 to get a closer look.

Galleries are FREE & OPEN to ALL, Monday-Friday, 10 AM-5 PM through December 11.

Join us for our final exhibition day on Saturday, December 11 from 12-5 PM as well.

Explore more in our online Edna Kelly Collection exhibit

The Edna M. Kelly Collection consists of ceramics, jewelry, textiles and basketry. Many of the current objects on view in our Native American section of the Global Perspectives exhibition are from the Edna Kelly collection. In 2017-18 three curatorial interns worked to develop an online exhibit of this treasured collection.

Exhibit by Brandi McConahay, Web Collections Intern, Spring 2017; Jewelry Exhibit by Caroline Bastian, Arts Management Intern, 2017-2018 and Images updated by Celia Bugno, Collections Intern, Spring 2018.

To learn more about access to this collection contact:

  • Laura Stewart, Collections Manager/Registrar
  • Phone: (513) 529-2235
  • Email: