April 2015
Gold! Riches and Ruin Resource Guide

What is gold? How do you know? In the Gold! Riches and Ruin Resource Guide use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to find the answer. There are hands-on activities to do in the classroom and they are suitable for camps. Explore the thrill of creating a replica steam engine from a milk carton outdoors. Enjoy information from the museum’s 2015 exhibition, Gold! Riches and Ruin and continue to visit and use this guide after the exhibition closes, too.

May 2014
Interactive Map of Mihtohseenionki (The People’s Place)

The Mihtohseenionki Map is now here as a free interactive webpage with all the features of the original 2002 in-gallery map. Website visitors can use the changing map of the Indiana Region to see where Miami and other Native peoples lived from the 1600s to where they live today. Hear Miami speakers say, “Mihtohseenionki.”  See objects similar to those in the gallery; identify other indigenous groups who came into the region; see and listen to contemporary Miami and Potawatomi people as they discuss treaties and the 19th century removal of their ancestors. The map can be a powerful tool for students who are learning the history of Indiana. Enjoy this new resource and then plan to visit Mihtohseenionki (The People’s Place) gallery at the Eiteljorg Museum.

November 2012
R.B. Annis Western Family Experience Educator/Family Resource Guide
Look here to look to enrich your visit and to continue the hands-on experience long after you leave the museum. In the R. B. Annis Experience area children (plus students and adults) can learn by doing fun activities. This guide presents more information, pictures and stories about the four real families featured. Build a totem pole, play inside a hogan, build a wall for a sod home, try a dulcimer, take a trip in a stagecoach. Educators will appreciate the connections to Academic Standards. Parents and grandparents will find the guide an enjoyable read as they become “Instant experts” before all the action takes place with young visitors.

Railroads of the West Curriculum (Grades 3 to 5)

Written by Erica Christie, Curriculum That Matters, LLC

This curriculum engages students with the history, culture and impact of railroads in the American West from 1850-1900. The unit features four exploratory, hands-on lessons that can be taught in sequence or as stand-alone lessons. Railroads of the West curriculum-related art and artifacts can be experienced by scheduling a museum visit and guided tour.

2017 Jingle Rails Curriculum Guide for families and Indiana third-grade classrooms

Includes new 2017 addition of Hollywood

Make the most of your students’ experience at the museum’s popular Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure exhibit, an indoor rail adventure featuring G-gauge trains racing from Indianapolis past the monuments of the American West. Using the curriculum, teach students more about Old Faithful, the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore and local landmarks like Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana State Fair. This guide has links to Indiana Academic Standards. Jingle Rails is available for touring now through Monday, January 15, 2018, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Mihtohseenionki Teachers Resource Guide 

Guide students in understanding the indigenous tribes of Indiana.  This useful guide can support a visit to the Eiteljorg Museum’s Mihtohseenionki Gallery or provide guidance for creating lessons for study in the classroom.

Primary Resources Inspire Multicultural Education (PRIME)

Introduce students to a variety of contemporary artists, representing various cultures.  Through audio and video, learn about their work, lives and cultures.

Red/Black: Related Through History Curriculum
The combined history of African Americans and Native Americans is an essential American story.  Help your students explore this largely-ignored subject with the Red/Black: Related through History interdisciplinary curriculum, which focuses on IDOE Academic Standards for 3rd to 5th grade students. More information about black history can be found at
Arte en la Charreria
Discuss Mexico’s cowboy traditions using Arte en la Charrería resources. This 2011 exhibit was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in collaboration with Luis González, Marisú González and Gabriel Cabello.

Eiteljorg Gardens
Have you seen our gardens?  Many of the plants have been used by indigenous groups. Beautiful? Yes! But  also useful.  We're into ethnobotany and know that you are, too.  Make the most of a stroll around our grounds. Stop by our admissions desks or the Resource Center to pick up laminated garden cards that teach you about the seasonal plants found there. Or, print your own from our website.

Fun and educational classroom activities

Rock art
Hunting hat
Parfleche (traditional rawhide container) 
Make a flatboat
Make a cardboard loom
Stick dice game

Helpful Links:
National Museum of the American Indian
Thanksgiving History from Plimouth Plantation
Teaching Tolerance
A Native American/American Indian advocacy and education group that reviews children’s literature for stereotypes and misinformation
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