The museum's growing annotated Index of Resources includes NMAI online exhibitions, posters, video, and other media organized by geographic region. Teaching materials developed by the museum for use in schools are listed by region or tribe and by theme under Classroom Lessons.
Learn about the NMAI's educational resources—including curriculum for the classroom, teacher workshops, and educational strategies—in the museum’s new free, quarterly teacher e-newsletter (March 2014; Spring 2014; September 2014; Fall 2014).
READ A BOOK
The museum's My World Series describes five contemporary Native communities from the perspective of their young people 9–12 years old.
In the Tales of the People picture books, Native writers and illustrators tell traditional and not-so-traditional stories for children ages 3–7.
In When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans, young writers use powerful images to describe aspects of their lives.
Intrigued by the questions listed in "Did you know?" The book Do All Indians Live in Tipis?—written by Native members of the museum's staff—answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Native Americans past and present. Tipis is available for purchase for home and school libraries through the museum's online store, the museum shop, and commercial booksellers.
Explore the Museum's Collections Online
More than 8,000 objects from the museum's collections are now online for you to explore. Check back often as the museum adds to this valuable cultural resource.
Dig Deeper on the Web
Designed for students and teachers, the Infinity of Nations Culture Quest website explores content from the exhibition Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. The site includes a gallery, where students can explore 25 works of art such as headdresses, significant cultural objects, and contemporary art; the Culture Quest, which features interactive segments focused on ten objects; and Meet the Artist, which introduces students to five Native American artists and their modern creations.
Living Maya Time—Viviendo el tiempo maya—is a fully bilingual (Spanish and English) website featuring Mayan people discussing their culture and astronomy, and dispelling doomsday myths about the end of the Maya calendar on December 21, 2012. The site includes a variety of fun and educational activities, including a Maya math interactive, to engage students.
Meet the Nuu-chah-nulth people of British Columbia. Discover what Nuu-chah-nulth weaving and whale hunting have to do with one another. Learn to speak Nuu-chah-nulth words. Try an easy weaving activity at home using the same styles as the Nuu-chah-nulth.
Visit the website American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges to see how the Akwesasne Mohawk of northern New York, the Campo Kumeyaay Nation of southern California, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe of northern Minnesota, and the Lummi Nation of Washington state use their traditional culture, values, and indigenous knowledge, as well as contemporary science and technology, to deal with environmental issues.
Find out more about the Codetalkers from World War II on our Native Words, Native Warriors site.
Take an Electronic Fieldtrip
The museum and many of the Native communities who tell their stories within its exhibitions are introduced in Welcome to a Native Place, originally broadcast live across the Americas.
Learn more about the traditions of the Tlingit people of southeastern Alaska by watching the video Listening to Our Ancestors, originally broadcast live from Juneau, Alaska.
More than 15 million students watched these programs when they premiered. The materials developed to accompany them—including companion websites—are also a valuable resource for families and classrooms.