As We Grow: Traditions, Toys, Games

National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

3rd Level, near ImagiNATIONS Activity Center Floor Plan

All children play. Native American children play like any others—competing in ball games, dressing up dolls, playing in the snow. But Native children’s toys and games are more than playthings. They are ways of learning about the lives of grown men and women. They are ways of learning the traditions of our families and our people. The toys, games, and clothing in these cases come from all over North, Central, and South America, representing many tribes and many time periods.