Slip into the cool, air conditioned local heritage center and learn more about Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s culture and history. Tours are available by appointment, or you can visit the museum and gift shop for self-guided discovery. Currently undergoing an expansion and upgrade, the museum floor remains open for current and new exhibits. All exhibits are designed to preserve and promote the history of the CPN, with both contemporary and traditional artifacts on display.
Explore a variety of tribal art forms and check out new additions arriving weekly throughout the 2017 expansion. By the end of the year, 11 permanent exhibits will be featured, each showcasing early lifestyles and cultures of the Potawatomi. From the removal and treaty eras to the Potawatomis as veterans, you won’t want to miss this growing cultural destination.
Shawnee Local History
In the Aviary, you’ll find a permanent home for birds of prey who are being rehabilitated but cannot re-enter the wild. Traditionally, eagles are sacred to the Potawatomi since legend says they fly so high they can deliver prayers. There are only a few Native aviaries in the country, and this was the first to tie in cultural significance to such a conservatory.
Talk to aviary staff about their husbandry practices in a private tour. The rich habitat mimics the wild, and it serves as both an educational facility and comfortable “retirement home” for the birds. Don’t forget to get a naturally molted feather, which is the perfect keepsake of your time at the museum and aviary.