Exhibition North America

Native Americans

Through objects, photographs and films from the collections kept at the Museum of Ethnography, we learn about the American Indians of the Americas. You become familiar with how they lived, learn about their clothes, about ritual objects and much more.

Based on the comprehensive and in many cases unique collections of the Museum of Ethnography, the exhibition plunges deep into the history of the Native Americans. It also shows how 'the Indians' have long been part of the Swedish cultural history. The exhibition addresses current issues such as identity, ethnicity and integration by looking at historical events and the present situation. Traditional beliefs and established stereotypes are set against new perspectives, for example how to handle sacred objects.

The exhibition is divided into a number of themes from before Columbus to the present day. Personal narratives take us forward in time from the 17th century. The exhibition depicts how American Indian children were to be 'trained to be white' at a particular school run by the whites. It also shows 'powwow' as a case of changing traditions.

The Museum of Ethnography wants to display as many objects as possible, some of which has very seldom before been exhibited. In a 25 metres long display show case booth, visitors are offered the chance to see unique objects from the Native American culture areas of North America, including people such as for example Apache, Navajo, the Pueblo People and Kickapoo. In addition, the exhibition features for example feather headdresses, culturally sensitive tobacco pipes, beautiful costumes and effective weapons as well as fabrics in wool, pottery and jewellery typical for the Native Americans of North America.

In the exhibition there are also many photographs, film and sound.