Indiana Dunes Indigenous Cultural Trail
More than just a hiking trail, this interactive experience will create a place for visitors and locals to learn, play, touch, ponder, and become inspired. The new trail will weave the culture of the Miami and Potawatomi Indigenous Peoples with the natural ecology of the Indiana Dunes—one of the most biodiverse areas of the country.
Read more about the Indigenous Cultural Trail in the interview with our Vice President.
ARCY Mural Art Walk
Known for his paint-splashed style of large-scale street art, ARCY visited the Indiana Dunes to spray paint murals for the Indiana Dunes Indigenous Cultural Trail. The local indigenous plants and animals featured in the murals were chosen by the team due to their beauty, history in the area, and significance to the Miami and/or Potowatomi. View the timelapse video of the bobcat mural being created below.
A Vision for the Future
The proposed features for the first phase of the project include:
- A low environmental impact boardwalk overlooking a naturalized section of Dunes Creek.
- A large raised copper fire pit with a snuffer that will double as a table for educational programming.
- A land acknowledgment honoring Indigenous cultures.
- Interpretive signage, including a tree trail in three languages (Potawatomi, Miami, and English), exploring the significance of the natural resources within the Indigenous cultures.
- Crosswalks designed using Indigenous designs that will connect the trail, the interpretive elements, and the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Five Partners for Seven Generations
By working together, the Indiana Dunes Indigenous Cultural trail aims to tell the story of the Indiana Dunes area for future generations.