Mitchell Museum
of the American Indian

3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201



Museum Events January 2016

Spotlight Tours: Dolls and Toys

Wednesdays 4:00 - 4:30 PM & Saturdays 1:30 - 2:00 PM

Come join us on our weekly spotlight tours, every Saturday from 10:30- 11:00 am. This month we will be highlighting dolls and toys. Doll making has been present for 4,000 years in the Americas and is a wonderful way to learn about individual indigenous groups of North America. 

Alternating Thursdays 6:00 - 7:45 PM

Flute Group

Alternating Thursdays  
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Friday, January 8, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Free General Admission Day

January Weekend Arts Activities:

Snowy Owl Art and Stories from the Far North:

Every Saturday from 11:00AM-12:00 PM and Sunday from 12:30PM-1:30PM

The month of January will begin a new series of weekend arts activities for all ages.The month of January will feature the Snowy Owl, a denizen of the arctic and subarctic regions. This month's activities will include Snow Goggles, Snowy Owl Puppets, & felt Ookpik Doll crafts. Along with snowy owl crafts, watch the story of the Owl and the Raven and the Snow Owl who married a Goose. 

Inuit Carving (bone with soap stone and ivory inlay), The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian


Saturday, January 30, 12:00-4:30 PM

Behind the Scenes: Birch Bark Lodge Restoration and Cleaning

On January 30, 2016, Christine Red Cloud (White Earth Ojibwe) and Eli Suzukovich III (Little Shell Band of Chippewa-Cree) will be working on restoring the birch bark lodge located on the second floor of the museum. Christine and Eli are basket makers from Chicago who specialize in birch bark and sweet grass baskets.
Unlike the larger dome shaped wiig-i-waam (Ojibwe) or wâs-kay-i-kan (Cree), the lodge at the Mitchell Museum is a conical shaped structure known as a ba-eesh-ka-o-gaan (Ojibwe) or mi-kee-wah-p (Cree) is commonly made for temporary purposes, such as hunting and fishing camps. The lodge is constructed of rough birch and boxelder limbs and covered with sheets of birch bark. The lodge has been in the museum since 2008 and is in need of some cleaning and repairs. Birch bark is a durable material and can last for a many years, with a little maintenance.
Between 12:00-2:00pm, there will be informal presentations about birch bark, its qualities and uses, birch forest ecology, and it tremendous significance among the Native Peoples of the Midwest, Northeast, and Subarctic regions.

Free with General Museum Admission

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Native Haute Couture


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10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

Adults: $5.00
Children, students, teachers,
Mitchell Members: FREE
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