In the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, you'll find incredible displays focusing on the lives of northern Plains Indian tribes.
“If you are in South Dakota, you are either headed to the Black Hills or to learn about the local culture, and there is no better place to learn it than here,” says Dixie Thompson, museum director.
Start on the museum's east side and move clockwise to find exhibits on Native American life pre-European Americans, including interactive traditional games like “Hanpapecun,” a guessing game with bones and sticks.
Move south to reach “Two Worlds Meet,” which details the arrival of Euro-Americans like traders and settlers. It marks a transformation from the use of organic objects to those manufactured. Metal knives replaced bone knives.
Farther west is “Broken Promises,” detailing U.S. government involvement with Native Americans before you come full circle to “Continuity and Change,” which highlights Native American artists like Arthur Amiotte, one of the most renowned Native American artists today.
The museum is part of the St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D. Call in advance to schedule a tour of the school.
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1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, S.D.