Native New York


New York, NY

Native New York journeys through city and state to explore the question “What makes New York a Native place?” The exhibition encompasses 12 places in present-day New York, introducing visitors to the Native nations that call the region home. Stretching from Long Island through New York City and on toward Niagara Falls, it covers pre–Revolutionary War exchanges through contemporary events. From Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) ironworkers who helped build Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers to Lenape (Delaware) teens visiting their ancestral home, stories of Native New Yorkers provide an expanded understanding of the region’s history and reveal that New York is—and always has been—a Native place.


Major support for Native New York provided by the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation. Generous support provided by The Nathan Cummings Foundation, the National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian, the Hudson River Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.