Hall of Eastern Woodland Indians
The Hall of Eastern Woodland Indians focuses on the traditional cultures of the Native American peoples, including the Iroquois, Mohegans, Ojibwas, and Crees, living in the Eastern Woodlands of North America through the early 20th century.
This hall features a variety of dwelling styles, including an Ojibwa domed wigwam, an Iroquois longhouse, and a Creek council house, along with typical lodgings of the Natchez, Seminole, and Fox peoples. Information about farming techniques, food preparation, clothing styles, and ceremonial practices presents a picture of daily life, and examples of pottery, baskets, tools, metal jewelry, musical instruments, and textiles showcase a wide range of craftsmanship.
One highlight is a model of a Menominee birchbark canoe, which was made entirely of forest products and was light enough to be carried from stream to stream. The exhibit details how the canoe was constructed and its importance in transporting people and goods through forested areas.
The Folsom Point was crafted from flint some 10,000 years ago. Discovered in the 1920s on a joint expedition by this Museum and the Denver Museum of Natural History, this spear point is among the most important archaeological finds ever made on this continent.