Everyday Objects

of the Chippewa Indians

Long before the first Europeans stepped onto the banks of the Saginaw River, this fertile valley was inhabited by the Chippewa people. Throughout their history here, the tools and techniques evolved in rhythm with the resources and environment that surrounded them.

This collection showcases objects that date back from 100 to 125 years ago, which were used by Native Americans of the Great Lakes region. Much of these artifacts highlight the culture's creative beadwork and essential tools for daily living. This is the first time Native American artifacts such as these have been highlighted in a permanent exhibit at the museum.