The Native Cultures of North America
Oglala Sioux chief Red Cloud visited O. C. Marsh in New Haven in 1883. (Yale Peabody Museum Archives)

Grade Level: Middle and High School
Social Studies Standards:
g5-6 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 15
g7-8 1, 4, 9, 15
g9-10 1, 4, 9, 4
g11-12 1, 3, 4, 9, 10 11

Language Arts Content Standards: 1.2; 1.4

Description: Our Hall of Native American Cultures has many magnificent artifacts on exhibit, most from the 1800s. Objects from the Southwest, Northwest Coast, the Arctic and the Plains tell the stories of distinctive cultures that used very different resources to live rich, prosperous lives. On display are impressive historical pieces, such as the headdress and pipe Oglala chief Red Cloud presented to the Peabody Museum’s founder, Yale paleontologist O.C. Marsh, in gratitude for his role in exposing corruption at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Also exhibited are the tools of daily life: Blackfoot, Apache and Sioux clothing, Cheyenne games, a Crow saddle, Navaho blankets, Zuni and Hopi pottery, and Pima basketry.

To emphasize a particular culture in your program, contact 203.432.3775 or peabody.education@yale.edu in advance.