Native American containers on exhibit in Warner NH

"Gourd Basket Full of Dream"

“Gourd Basket Full of Dream” by Judy Dow

A new exhibit of Native American containers is on display in the contemporary art gallery at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, N.H.

Bark, marsh-plant fiber, ash splint, gourd, cattails – these are  some of the materials that have been skillfully and artfully twined, woven, carved, folded, or sewn into the containers.

“Containers” will focus on connecting the works of art to the plants from which they have been made,  as shown in Judy Dow’s “Gourd Basket Full of Dreams” and Vera Longtoe Sheehan’s “Five-color Twined Bag.”

The exhibit also features works from artists Jeanne Kent, Liz Charlebois, Lina Longtoe, Jennifer Lee, and Julia Marden.

“Containers” will be on display through July 14.

For more information, including hours and admission, visit:

Five-Color Twined Bag by Vera Longtoe Sheehan

Five-Color Twined Bag by Vera Longtoe Sheehan

MKIM: Growing and saving heirloom plants

CornStalkWarner, N.H. – Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, will present a talk by gardener and preeminent seed saver Anne Miller of the VT and NH Seed Savers Organization on Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m.

Miller will discuss how to grow Native American heirloom plants and how to save their seeds. Admission to the talk is free; admission to the museum galleries, $5.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum was founded in 1990 by Charles “Bud” and Nancy Thompson as an educational and cultural center to connect visitors with Native American culture, past and present, and to encourage respect for our environment. For more information, go to

MKIM: Family Snowshoeing Day Feb. 26


Warner, N.H. – Weather forecasters predict the Sunapee/Kearsarge area will get a fresh layer of snow this weekend, which is perfect for a snowshoe outing.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, will hold a Family Snowshoeing Day on Tuesday, February 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The event is part of Warner’s Family Fun Week.

“Please join us for a free guided family snowshoe hike. Bring your own snowshoes, or borrow a pair from us. We’ll have examples of hand-made wooden snowshoes and materials used in making snowshoes,” says MKIM Executive Director Lynn Clark. “We’ll also have hot chocolate for all! Bring your family. Bring your friends.”

For more information, call MKIM at 603-456-2600 or email:

View/download the event calendar for Warner Family Fun Week (February 23 – March 3) HERE (pdf 86KB).

Archaeologist to speak at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Warner, N.H. – Dr. Robert G. Goodby, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, will share his latest research at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum’s Annual Meeting on January 19.  Goodby’s presentation is titled “Tenant Swamp:   A Late Ice Age Site in Keene, NH.”  It will begin at 12:45pm and is open to the public free of charge. Continue reading

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum to hold Winter Celebration

Storyteller Carolyn Hunt of the Laughing Couple with an illustration of her story in the background. Hunt’s husband Rick illustrates stories while Carolyn tells them.

Warner, N.H. –  The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will host Native storytellers during a day full of family activities celebrating the start of winter.  The festival will include singing and dancing, crafts, games, traditional Native foods and a sale at the Dream Catcher gift shop.

Winter Celebration is held in the museum Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at 18 Highlawn Road in Warner.  Visitors can stroll through the arboretum, walk the trails in the Medicine Woods, play in the tipi and tour the museum itself, in addition to all the festival activities.  Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. Continue reading

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum hosts Intertribal Powwow

Takara Matthews is this year’s Head Lady Dancer.

For the first time, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, N.H., will celebrate its annual intertribal powwow with a drum competition.

MKIM‘s 13th Annual Intertribal Powwow begins on July 14 at 10 a.m.and runs to July 15 at 4 p.m.

Two host drums will supply music for the weekend and other Native American drums are invited to enter the competition.

“Most people don’t realize that the event is about more than competitions. It’s really a way for Native American participants to socialize with one another. Non-native visitors get the chance to learn about new cultures through music, dance, arts, crafts, and food,” says the museum’s Executive Director Lynn Clark.

The museum welcomes the entire community to spend the weekend and enjoy activities for the whole family.

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Admission is $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for children with discounts for families, students, and seniors. Museum members are admitted free. Those who become members at the Powwow will receive free admission as well.

For event and program information, visit

Photographs from last year’s powwow by Steven Daigle.

MKIM’s Turtle Island summer camp, openings in July

It’s not too late to register for Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum’s (MKIM’s) Turtle Island Day Camp.

The camp, on MKIM’s 10 acres of fields and forest in Warner, offers boys and girls (ages 6-12) outdoor activities, crafts, games, storytelling, music and art based on Native American culture, all with an environmental awareness component.

The remaining weekly themes are:

  • The Powwow is Coming!
  •  Survival Week
  • Land, Lore, and Animals
  • Weave a Story Web

There are still a few spaces available in all four weeks, but call soon if you want to enroll your child, said Lynn Clark, the museum’s executive director.

Sign up for as many weeks as you want! For more information go to, where you can download a registration form, or call 603-456-2600 x226.

Extended care is available mornings and afternoons. Turtle Island Day Camp is completely accessible and is licensed by the State of New Hampshire.  Financial aid is available, and Turtle Island Day Camp accepts N.H. Childcare Assistance funds.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum was founded in 1990 by Charles “Bud” and Nancy Thompson as an educational and cultural center to connect visitors with Native American culture, past and present, and to encourage respect for our environment.  The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum seeks to challenge all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world.  The museum is open daily May 1 – October 31, Monday – Saturday 10-5, Sunday noon-5,  and on weekends in November through mid- December.