Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate and honor the cultural heritage, diverse histories, and continuing contributions of Native People during Native American Heritage Month (and every month) at the New York State Museum.

We invite you to explore special virtual programming, educational materials, and additional resources below. 

Statewide Programs & Resources

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Check out the Office of State History's comprehensive list of NAHM events, lectures, and site visits happening across New York State!

Featured Video

Museum Moment - The Paleoindian Database Project

Online Exhibitions & Educator Resources

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Represent: Contemporary Native American Art

The Contemporary Native American Art Collection honors a living legacy of master craftsmanship and vibrant innovation in the artistic expressions of New York State's First Nations. 
View the Online Exhibit
View the Educational Guide (PDF)


A Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Village

Discover more about three of the NYSM's most popular dioramas from the Native Peoples Gallery: A reconstruction of a full-size kanonhsésne (longhouse), a scale model of a Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Village, and an agricultural field highlighting the three main crops utilized by the Haudenosaunee.
View the Online Exhibit
View Instructions on How to Build a Longhouse (PDF)

Fort Orange

Fort Orange

Fort Orange was the first permanent Dutch settlement in New Netherland. Built as a trading post by the West India Company in 1624, the fort was also a point of contact and trade between Native Americans and Europeans.
View Exhibit Information
View Educational Materials:
» Native American Daily Life before Dutch Arrival (Google Doc)
» Trade at Fort Orange (Google Doc)

Research & Collections

Native American Ethnography at the NYSM

Ethnography at the New York State Museum is focused on the documentation and analysis of human culture, specifically Native American culture, and explores how Native peoples lived in the past and continue to build and preserve their culture in the present. 

» Explore Ethnography Research
» Explore Ethnography Collections

Research & News

Native American Archaeology

Native Americans have been present in New York for 13,000 years. Since the mid-19th century, the New York State Museum has conducted archaeological investigations that have helped to write the histories of Native Americans in the state. The Museum continues that tradition today through field- and collections-based research. 

» Explore Native American Archaeology Research
» Explore Native American Archaeology Collections

Research & News

“She/Her” by Niio Perkins and Isabella Thompson, Akwesasne Mohawk

“She/Her” by Niio Perkins and Isabella Thompson
Akwesasne Mohawk
NYSM Collection

Discover more about the recent acquisitions and ancient artifacts featured in the banner above. View all »

Projectile Points from the McVaugh Collection

The McVaugh Collection

Sometimes important collections come in small packages. Learn more about this incredible donation of projectile points made to the NYSM by the McVaugh family.

Virtual Programming

Educational Videos for Young Audiences

Native American Archaeology