Native American Museum in Bellefontaine, Ohio
Learn about the tribes of Ohio and other regions of the United States. Zane Shawnee Caverns and Southwind Park features a Native American museum.
Educational and Compelling
Take a 45- to 60-minute guided tour of this fascinating museum. Exhibits highlight Native American tribes and cultures from across the United States.
The first Native American owned and operated museum in Ohio, it features Hopewell, Fort Ancient, and ancient to early historic Shawnee artifacts. Separate cases give a special look at other Native American cultural areas including: Great Lakes Tribes, Northern Iroquois, Southwestern Tribes, Great Plains, Southeast Tribes, and the Eskimo People.
Pioneer Village and Native American Village in Bellefontaine, Ohio
Find out what life was like in a pioneer village. Zane Shawnee Caverns and Southwind Park includes a pioneer and Native American village on site. A Shawnee Village transitioning to a mixed pioneer native community of the early 1800s.
See what buildings were really like in the early 1800s. The village features real buildings from the era, not reproductions. The first building is a trading post built in 1836. The second building is a home built by General James McPherson in 1809 and a hunting cabin that belonged to Simon Kenton. The village also has animals of that era. Other features include a smoke house, a traditional garden, and a blacksmith’s shop.
Interact with the people of the era. Prominent figures from the era include General James McPherson, 1908, the Indian Agent from this region, and Simon Kenton, who was Ohio’s version of Daniel Boone.
Native American History
Learn all about Native American history and culture at our village. The village includes wikons, a memorial to Tecumseh, the great Shawnee chief, a shade arbor, work table, community fire, and medicine wheel. Wikons are small, single-family homes, a shade arbor is a place workers would go to husk corn, knap arrowheads, and do other chores. The community fire is for cooking. The medicine wheel is a place for meditation and prayer. It is compose of a large circle in the ground divided into four directions, marked by different colors.
Project Native is a group progam where participants experience guided lessons relating Native American culture. Topics include foods and cooking techniques, fire starting, use of animals, gardening, homes and lifeways, dance and other cultural subjects. Call us to discuss tailoring a program to fit the needs of your school, class, scout group or other organization!
Buy wonderful gifts for your loved-ones. Our gift shop features a wide range of merchandise, including:
• Wood Carving
• Arrow Heads
|• Drawings and Artwork
• Stone Carvings
• Bead Work
• Cow Leather
|• Rabbit Fur
• Deer Leather
• Antelope Leather
• And Much More