Explore The Exhibit
View this collection of topics, discussions, and artwork centered around those Indigenous to Appalachia.
Acknowledging the complexity of discussing, archiving, and exhibiting Indigenous people, lands, and waters in
ways that do not fit contemporary Euro-American perspectives.
Considering key distinctions about place names. First and foremost, using terms from their own languages, Indigenous people have named important sites, landmarks, and other locations throughout the land since time immemorial.
Appalachia has no official tribes today. This section briefly explores Indigenous cultural identities and the history of thirteen Native nations, recognizing that each is dynamic and has changed over time.
Indigenous people preserve their culture throughout the ages by passing down knowledge to their descendants through story and, notably, by using their hands to create evocative, beautiful examples of traditional material culture.