Northrop, Heritage Studies & Public History Program, Institute for Advanced Study, and University Honors Program Present

Why Canoes?

Capacious Vessels and Indigenous Futures of Minnesota's Peoples and Places
Paddling between Bde Maka Ska

This exhibit honors the interconnectedness between the Native Canoe Program, University of Minnesota students, faculty, staff, and members of three Indigenous communities around Mni Sota Makoce (Minnesota). It also celebrates relationships with Dakota, Ojibwe, and Micronesian communities that have come together and found a common passion for sharing water traditions, while broadening the understanding of the waters that surround us through the resurgence and revitalization of canoe communities.

The exhibit is free and open to the public for self-guided tours noon-5:00 pm, Mon-Fri, following Northrop’s current safety guidelines. Public tours will be available starting in Summer 2021. In the meantime, for assistance with access to the exhibit, please call 612-625-6600 and press 2, or email