Museum Celebrating Native American Month in November

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 17, 2003 — The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum will celebrate Native American Month in November with two special events.

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Museum will sponsor Native American displays and demonstrations in the University Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. A selection of Native American artifacts from the Museum’s collection will be on display and Paul White Eagle and members of the AhNiYvWiYa tribe will share information with visitors about their traditions, heritage, and history. Displays will include herbs used in Native American medicines, and arts and crafts that reflect the traditions of many Native groups. Demonstrations will include basket making, corn planting, and use of the blow gunᾰa prehistoric weapon used to hunt small game.

The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum also will present an exhibition featuring artifacts from a variety of Native American cultures in its history gallery in November. The exhibition will include beaded objects from the Plains such as moccasins and children’s clothing, prehistoric and modern pottery from the Southwest, Navajo blankets, and masks from the Pacific Northwest. The exhibition will be on view throughout November. Pottery and stone tools of the Mississippiansᾰa prehistoric mound-building people that lived in this areaᾰare on permanent display in the Museum’s east gallery.

The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum is located in Memorial Hall on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.  It is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.  For more information, please call (573) 651-2260 or visit the Museum’s Web site at http://www5.semo.edu/museum.

Museum programs are supported by a congressionally directed grant administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.