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 through Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories. 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 acknowledges that it was built on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), 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), and Odawak (Odawa). The Museum recognizes that the region we now call Chicago was the traditional homelands of many Indigenous nations, and remains home to diverse Native people today. The land we walk was and remains Native land.

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 dyepapappan@fieldmuseum.org.