Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is a vibrant institution devoted to connecting people with thousands of years of American Indian history. Situated on a 12.5 acre campus in Warner, NH with spectacular views of the Mink Hills, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is more than just a building filled with historical and contemporary objects of art. It is the tranquility of the Medicine Woods, the Arboretum with stories of sustenance and healing, the joyous sounds of Powwow, special exhibits, programs and so much more. One circle, 1,000 stories, come experience it!
Experience the circle and discover the Native culture of the Northeastern Woodlands through the collection of birch bark containers, moose hair embroidery and split ash baskets. Travel into the Southeast with artifacts from the Seminole and Cherokee cultures. Turn the corner, and enter the Southwest with a fascinating discussion about corn, pueblo pottery, Navajo weaving and basketry. Visit the Tipi and see how they took the Tipi poles, lashed them together to form a travois to carry the family’s belongings, and pulled by horses or people. Everything the tipi contained would fit on the travois. Check the painting of tipis, buffalo robes, and other articles of clothing that were a way of recording important personal or tribal events. Then follow the circle into the Northwest with whale bone carvings and check out the hooks made from wood and metal that are used to catch halibut which can weigh up to 400 lbs. Complete the circle with a visit to the Dream Catcher Store.
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum offers self-guided and guided tours daily. Scheduled tours for schools, home-school groups, scouts, senior and charters are available. The Museum also offers special interest tours such as cultural awareness, gardening, crafts, Native studies and museum studies.
Medicine Woods Trail
Native Americans revered and utilized nature as the source of all raw material needed to sustain and enhance life. The Medicine Woods provides an opportunity to learn about the natural environment and some of the ways Natives historically used plants for food, medicine, dye, shelter and tools.
In 1992, volunteers reclaimed this area from a farm dumping ground and began its conversion into a tranquility zone. More than 100 species of plants now grow on this 2.5-acre plot. As you follow the path- look, listen, smell and feel the elements of the forest. Native elders say that the earth not only provides teas and poultices to heal the body, but also a peace that heals the soul. May you find peace here and be inspired by the Native philosophy to be not just takers but caretakers of the land.
The Arboretum was officially established in 2010. Bud Thompson (founder of MKIM) spent many years planting trees with a story. Pick up the Arboretum and Activity Area guide and walk through the Arboretum with its 40+ varieties of trees. Read what each tree can provide for medicine, food and more.
Bring a lunch and relax at the Paul Bullock Memorial Pavilion on the side of the Powwow Dance Field. Enjoy the views of the Mink Hills and if time permits, you may enjoy the Nature Discovery Center on the property.
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education and Cultural Center, connects people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression. The Museum embraces cultural diversity and encourages responsible environmental action based on respect for nature. Through these exhibitions and programs, the Museum seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world.