Daytime Gillette’s Castle Viewing Cruises
Eagle Landing State Park Route 82
From East to West, Across Our Homelands
38 Curtis Road
Our Homelands stretch from coast to coast, across the continent of North America. We are many different peoples, all with a unique cultural identity. For thousands of years our ancestors have traded and shared ideas and materials with one another, traveling over the ancient paths and trade routes that connect us. Our Grandmothers and Grandfathers have taught us the traditional ways of weaving grasses and fibers, of molding clay, of carving wood and stitching quills and beads into useful items as well as beautiful and symbolic works of art, When visitors from Spain, France, Holland and Great Britain first arrived on our shores four centuries ago we welcomed the commodities these new trading partners could provide. Glass beads, calico fabrics, wool and metals were incorporated into our traditional lifeways. Though many changes have occurred since our earliest encounters with European peoples, our communities and cultural traditions have endured. We continue to educate our sons and daughters in the skills of our ancestors as we pass on our unique techniques and designs, and their social and spiritual meanings, to younger generations.This exhibit celebrates the enduring artistry and individuality of Native American communities throughout North America.