From Ancient Hands:
Rediscovery of Stories in Fire and Clay
The Shawnee Tribal Center’s first exhibit explores the art and technology of ancestral ceramics, focusing on a pottery style called Fort Ancient. Visitors explore pottery with hands-on activities. Study pottery sherds with a microscope. Learn to make traditional decorative designs. Share recipes cooked in a pot.
The exhibit visually tells the story of the Shawnee people through objects that represent essential aspects of Shawnee life - both today and throughout history.
In the gallery, the installation displays no written information. Shawnee language, like many indigenous languages, is not traditionally a written language. History and ways of life are deeply rooted in oral tradition, with knowledge being shared and sustained by people.
Byrd's Eye View
Byrd’s Eye View showcases the art of Shawnee artist Gibson Byrd, who was a lifelong artist and teacher. To honor his passion for art and teaching, interactive art exploration activities for youth and families accompany the display.
This exhibition was made possible by the generous donation of artwork by Brian Byrd and Gwain Byrd Meyer.
During the Our Stories community curated exhibit project in 2019/2020, STCC staff and participants created Exhibit Guidelines for the center. The project was was made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.