Tipi Exhibit

Clay County Heritage Center showcases Native American exhibit

Take a step into the past.

The Clay County Heritage Center in Spencer is giving people a chance to do just that with an exhibit they have on display.

“Tipi” is a traveling exhibit on loan from the Siouxland Heritage Museum in Sioux Falls that will be in Spencer until May 15.

“It is our second time using a traveling exhibit from them, and we are always impressed with the level of quality and history provided from their exhibitions. ‘Tipi’ includes seven pop-up panels with information about the Prairie American Indians, their tipi structures, and their way of life,” said Stephanie Horsley, the director of the Clay County Heritage Center.

“Other artifacts from the Heritage Center are included as well as American Indian replicas and furs from area community members. One of the best parts of the exhibit is the life-size tipi you can walk into.”

At this time they aren’t requiring that people make reservations before they come see the exhibit. People can come view the exhibit anytime from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays.

“We do require social distancing and masks. Our building is very big with large galleries, so it is very easy to comply with these measures,” Horsley said.

This is an exhibit that has wide appeal and can be used as an educational tool for families. Horsley is encouraging everyone to come and experience this exhibit.

“This exhibit appeals to all ages. We encourage families to bring their children to learn about the Prairie American Indians, Dakota Sioux, who inhabited this land for many generations,” Horsley said. “There is a plethora of information about Prairie American Indian life from this exhibit, and I believe visitors will leave the exhibit with more knowledge about the Dakota Sioux Indian culture.”

One special piece of the exhibit is a piece that belongs to the Clay County Heritage Center and is being used in conjunction with the “Tipi” exhibit.

“There are so many interesting and unique parts to this exhibit. One of my favorite parts is the baby buffalo calf that has belonged to the Heritage Center since the 1970s,” Horsley said.