Land Acknowledgment

A woman, Maritza Garcia, wearing a light blue dress and a headdress with a feather, performs a dance in front of onlookers at the land acknowledgment ceremony.

Our history as a museum began in 1893, and the Field’s collection, research, and community partners continue to tell a story about nature and culture that is vast and complex. The ways we tell stories are always evolving and are enriched by what we learn from listening to many different voices.

We are committed to bringing Native American voices to the forefront as we transform the Native North American Hall here at the Museum. As part of an ongoing effort to celebrate and tell the histories and contemporary experiences of Native American people, we also recognize the Native American presence on the land where our building is located.

The Field Museum resides on the traditional homelands of the Three Fires Confederacy: Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi. The area was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for more than a dozen other Native tribes. The state of Illinois is currently home to more than 75,000 tribal members.  

Illinois is also the territory of Ho-Chunk, Miami, Inoka, Menominee, Sac, Fox, and their descendants. By making a land acknowledgment, we recognize that Indigenous peoples are the traditional stewards of the land that we now occupy, living here long before Chicago was a city and still thriving here today.

When you visit the Museum and our outdoor spaces, we invite you to join us in offering respect and gratitude to the many Indigenous peoples that reside in Chicago and across Illinois, as well as their ancestors.

Have questions, comments, or are interested in learning more? Contact Community Engagement Coordinator Debra Yepa-Pappan at dyepapappan@fieldmuseum.org.