Children's Museum

Currently Closed

Native Voices

September 22, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Located in the Theater

Explore the lives of five Native American tribes in New England through hands-on exploration including artifacts, photos, music and many activities as you learn how these resilient cultures carefully balance traditional practice with life in the modern world.

Photo by Clive Grainger

Members of the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot of Maine, the Narragansett of Rhode Island, and the Aquinnah Wampanoag and Mashpee Wampanoag of Massachusetts take you beyond traditional tales and into their worlds. Experience their Native American traditions and activities common to each season:

This photo and header photo by Ryan McMahon

Experience the music, dance, art and culture of Pow Wow as you explore one boy's Pow Wow journey from start to finish.

Explore pinch pots from the Gayhead cliffs of Martha's vineyard, walk on a 'bog' and investigate a living bog plant, and hear about Aquinnah teens' favorite aspects of Cranberry Day, a traditional Aquinnah holiday.

Visitors can toboggan down a wintery hill with Kaia a young Penobscot girl, try their hand at animal tracking, cook a native dish in 'Grandma's Kitchen', or compete at snows­nake, a traditional native game.

Meet Narragansett teens as they explore the Nuweetooun tribal school, search for animal species in a vernal pool, try basket weaving and stamping activities, and learn about daily life at the school.

Design beautiful jewelry in the studio of a wampum artist, assemble a clambake and plant corn, beans and squash in the Three Sister's Garden.

Native Voices was created by the Boston Children's Museum and underwritten by the Association of Children’s Museums and The Freeman Foundation. All underlying materials, including all artwork and the use of Native Voices characters are used with permission of Boston Children’s Museum. Native Voices: New England Tribal Families is sponsored nationally by the National Endowment for the Humanities™ and Ocean Spray.