This exhibition features exhibits curated by Shawnee Tribe community members. With funding from the Institute and Museum and Library Services, we brought together a cohort of individuals to share their stories through the Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center. The exhibit demonstrates how museums and cultural centers can offer inclusive programming and elevate Indigenous voices. The participants' stories are personal and culturally significant, highlighting the legacy of the Shawnee past and how that informs and shapes Shawnees today.
Community Partner Exhibits
Angela is a member of the Shawnee Tribe, and a third generation barber, a jewelry designer, and trained at the Cayce Reilly School of Massotherapy in Virgina Beach, Virginia, and at the International Dermal Institute for Skin Care, in the metro D.C. area.
Making Maple Sugar
Jeremy is a citizen of the Shawnee Tribe, his interest and passion lies with carrying on Shawnee traditions, language and ceremonies. Jeremy and his family are active at the White Oak Shawnee Ceremonial Grounds.
Keely is a Shawnee citizen living in Salina, Kansas, though she was born in Wichita, Kansas. She enjoys participating in cultural activities.
Story of a Shawnee Artist
Robin is a member of the Shawnee Tribe, he was born in 1949 in Vinita, OK to Richard Harold Henson and Inez Running-rabbit. While he graduated high school in 1968, he has considered his mother Inez to be his primary source of information.
Leaving a Trace - Making A Mark
Suzanne is a member of the Shawnee Tribe who lives on ancestral lands in south-central Ohio on the 20,000-acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve System in Adams County, Ohio. The hills, valleys and cliffs that surround my home are where ancestral Shawnee hunted for game, grew crops, left their trace and made their marks.
Gary is a member of the Shawnee Tribe, brother to Robin Henson and son of Inez Running-rabbit. He has been an artist his entire life, focusing on jewelry making and sculpting in bronze and clay.
One Shawnee Family's Story
Jim's personal interests focus on genealogy and family history which he and his wife Jeri have been involved in for over 40 years. One of Jim and Jeri’s current projects include reclaiming a forgotten Native American cemetery near Miami, Oklahoma where his Shawnee great-grandmother was buried in 1891.
We hope to see this exhibit continue to grow and develop, as STCC does, in coming years. Do you have a story to tell? Are you Shawnee? Do you work with the Shawnee community? We want to tell your story! Reach out to Natalie Wadle, Exhibits and Programs Manager and get started on telling your story at STCC.