Manidoo Miiniigooizowin, A Gift from the Creator

The exhibit celebrates the beauty and resilience of the Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples, and commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO). Featuring objects from the 34 Nations represented by SCO, Manidoo Miiniigooizowin, A Gift from the Creator is a celebration of the past, present, and future.

“This special exhibition honours strength and resilience, and celebrates 25 years of advocacy and service for SCO.”
– Grand Chief Jerry Daniels

Many of the objects in this exhibit have been generously shared by individuals and families who proudly represent their respective Nations, and all were designed or made by talented artists and makers from the SCO member Nations. The exhibit also includes historical objects from the Manitoba Museum collections — community treasures from decades past. With both the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ on display, Manidoo Miiniigooizowin, A Gift from the Creator showcases a walk through many Dakota and Anishinaabe generations.

“In curating this exhibit, we wanted to showcase the vibrancy, talents, and skills of Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples and to also broaden the perception of what First Nations art is. As such, we chose to include artists and makers at various stages of their careers and across a multitude of media, from historical to contemporary,”
– Amanda McLeod, Co-Curator and member of the Sagkeeng Anicinabe Nation.

Manidoo Miiniigooizowin, A Gift from the Creator will be on display in the Discovery Room and Welcome Gallery at the Manitoba Museum until April 2025.

Read our press release SCO Launches Manidoo Miiniigooizowin: A Gift from the Creator at the Manitoba Museum.