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 America Hall here at the Field. 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.

We acknowledge that the Field Museum resides within the traditional homelands of many Indigenous nations:

  • Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas)

  • Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee)

  • Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki)

  • Asâkîwaki (Sauk)

  • Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw)

  • Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo)

  • Inoka (Illini Confederacy)

  • Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), Odawak (Odawa), and Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi)

The Museum recognizes and is grateful for the Original Peoples who laid the foundation for the City of Chicago, and for the diverse Indigenous nations that reside in Chicago today.

When you visit the Field 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.

We Are All on Native Land

To learn more about the custom of land acknowledgments, what to consider when writing one, and other actions you can take, watch this online conversation with Debra Yepa-Pappan (Jemez Pueblo/Korean), Heather Miller (Wyandotte), Felicia Garcia (Samala Chumash), and Meranda Roberts (Yerington Paiute/Chicana).

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