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About the shawnee tribe
About the Shawnee Tribe
There is no singular narrative that describes Shawnee history or culture. Shawnee people once lived in their ancestral homelands of the Middle Ohio Valley. Swift travelers and prolific traders, Shawnee were kind friends to many and equally fierce foes to some. Shawnee people formed alliances with other tribes that persist today.
In the past 500 years, waves of European settlers completely altered Shawnee ways of life. Under British and American rule, Shawnee language, arts, and social customs nearly vanished, as Native people fought prejudice and the suppression of their culture by a domineering Western society. Despite suppression, many traditional ways of life, ceremonies and language continue to endure.
Artwork credit: Charles Banks Wilson (1918-2013), Shawnee Ribbon Bets, 1948 | Oil on canvas | Overall: 27 1/4 x 35 x 2 1/2 in. (69.2 x 88.9 x 6.4 cm) | GM 0127.1468 | Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
The STCC Store is a publicly accessible retail store dedicated to our mission and designed to extend the educational experience of our visitors. We provide opportunities for artists to market their work and create our own merchandise to raise awareness and encourage appreciation for our cultural center. Through the careful curation of mission relevant merchandise, we hope that visitors are inspired to the continue their exploration of Shawnee culture.