Arkansas Tribes tell their stories in new exhibit

A Caddo buffalo hide bag once used for drying food, is just one of many objects displayed in a new exhibit called “We Walk in Two Worlds” at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The museum’s permanent exhibit was created to share the largely forgotten history and culture of the three Native American nations that once settled in Arkansas.

The names of the Quapaw, Osage and Caddo American Indian tribes who were settled in Arkansas when Europeans first arrived in the 1500s today mark the names of rivers, valleys, schools and communities across the state.

The exhibits describe the history of Native American in the region, beginning from before European invasion, through their forced relocations to Oklahoma around 1830 and into the recent decades.

The name Arkansas comes from “Akansea,” the name of the people who inhabited what is now the state which means “People of the South Wind.”

The museum is displaying more than 160 artifacts from the Arkansas museum’s own collection, as well as some provided by the tribes, and from the Smithsonian Institution.

Historic Arkansas Museum is located at 200 E. Third St., Little Rock, Ark. The new “We Walk in Two Worlds” exhibit is a permanent gallery. or 501-324-9351

Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Sundays 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Adults, $2.50; children under 18, $1.