Museum Exhibits & The Imagination

Lakota Exhibit Exploration


View the exhibit on the Lakota and consider the idea of a hook artifact. A hook artifact is a particularly interesting object that draws an audience into an exhibit.

The creators of the exhibit use the winter counts as a way of connecting the audience to the history that the rest of the exhibit discusses.

Since the winter counts were part of the Lakota’s own way of tracking their history, they become an ideal object for a museum to introduce Lakota history to non-Lakota people.

In your Notebook, complete a Quick Write on this question.

  • Why do you think the creators of the exhibit decided to start with an explanation of the winter count instead of beginning with an overview of the Lakota people?

Open Notebook

Then share your ideas with the class.