Change & Continuity

detail of contemporary carved totem pole eyes.

Change & Continuity: Hall of the North American Indian

Diverse North American cultures are explored through the objects produced by Indigenous peoples of the nineteenth century. The Change & Continuity exhibition considers historic interactions between native peoples and Europeans during a period of profound social change.

visitor looks at carved pole and masks.

Featuring a selection of objects from the museum’s permanent collections, the exhibition illustrates the diversity of North American cultures, as seen through the objects produced by Indigenous peoples of the nineteenth century. The exhibition considers historic interactions between native peoples and Europeans during a period of profound social change in each culture area: Northeast; Southeast; Southwest; Plains; California/Plateau; Northwest Coast; Arctic; and Subarctic. The exhibit also highlights aspects of contemporary Native American cultures.

Watch an exhibit video about returning totem poles to the Tlingit people in Alaska. The Peabody Museum commissioned new Tlingit totem poles now on view in Change & Continuity. Film by by Wen-Jie Qin.

See a collection of objects from the exhibition