CPN Cultural Heritage Center

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center exists to educate tribal members, the greater Native American community, and other visitors about the historical and contemporary aspects of the tribe.

The acquisition, preservation, exhibition and exploration of the diverse materials pertaining to the culture and traditions of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation guide the educational programs and exhibits. We maintain, protect, and nurture our culture, our spiritual beliefs, and our historic values, through the celebration of our unique traditions, language, and sovereignty. Promoting education is a cornerstone of our mission.

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Services

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center offers a non-lending library and archives for research. It also provides monthly cultural classes that are open to the public and houses FireLake Gifts, which sells Native American crafted items, jewelry, art and Native craftwork supplies. Tours of the Cultural Heritage Center are available for small and large groups by appointment.

The Cultural Heritage Center is available for business meetings, legislative functions, art shows, employee training, award ceremonies and veterans events.

Projects

Tribal Heritage Productions

Tribal Heritage Productions records the culture and identity of Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal members by videotaping and producing family history videos for each of the 49 founding families. 

The Tribal Veterans Tribute Series is a collection of DVD’s containing interviews of tribal veterans and their events and experiences while serving in the United States military.

Exhibits

The exhibits at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center serve to educate, promote and preserve the history of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Contemporary and traditional objects on display help to bridge the gap between tribal history and the revitalization of traditional teachings, tribal art forms and the gradual progression of the cultural transformation of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

The main gallery features exhibits on early Potawatomi life and the harsh changes of the removal period, presented using life-size dioramas and interactive displays. The Long Room at the Cultural Heritage Center is home to our Veteran’s Wall of Honor, which displays the objects associated with the service of our Potawatomi tribal members who have served in the military. Our exhibits are rotated and updated semi-annually, so check back often to find new objects or full exhibits on display!

Contact Information

Website
PotawatomiHeritage.org

Location
1899 South Gordon Cooper Drive
Shawnee, OK 74801

Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am to 3:00pm

Phone
(405) 878-5830

To Schedule Tours
Contact Cindy Merriman
(405) 878-5830
cindy.merriman@potawatomi.org


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