Stories and Culture
Deep Cultural Heritage
Immerse yourself in Minnesota’s rich cultural heritage through literature, bilingual book projects, cultural events, and other opportunities created in partnership with the many diverse communities and cultures in Minnesota.
Minnesota Native American Lives Series
2022 American Library Association Youth Media Award American Indian Youth Literature Middle-Grade Honor Books!
Now Available for Purchase
The Minnesota Native American Lives series highlights the history and experiences of individual Dakota and Ojibwe people: leaders, healers, culture-keepers, and other notable figures. These biographies of inspirational American Indian leaders are written for 3rd-5th graders.
“Crossroads: An Anthology of Resilience and Hope by Young Somali Writers”
Now Available for Purchase
“Crossroads: An Anthology of Resilience and Hope by Young Somali Writers” is an anthology of writing by youth and young adult Somali Minnesotans published and presented by the Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) and our Somali-community partners.
"Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota"
A surprising and compelling anthology that reveals complex realities — beautiful, infuriating, painful, and uplifting — as described by African American writers in Minnesota over the past century.Learn More
Somali Bilingual Book Project
The Somali Bilingual Book Project provides authentic resources that promote and preserve heritage languages and increase English literacy skills of refugee and immigrant families through four traditional Somali folktales in both English and Somali.Learn More
A companion site to the “Why Treaties Matter” exhibit, TreatiesMatter.org presents relationships as a context for examining Dakota and Ojibwe–U.S. treaties.Learn More
Reading Together Book Project
The Reading Together Book Project addresses the lack of children’s books that speak to the experience of being an Asian Pacific Islander (API) child and supports the development of English literacy skills while recognizing cultural heritage.Learn More
“Braided Lives: An Anthology of Multicultural American Writing” brings together stories and poems of Native American, Hispanic American, African American, and Asian American writers. It was created by teachers for use in Minnesota high schools.Learn More
Voices From the Latino Community
View five video projects that convey the contributions of Minnesota’s Latino community to the arts, culture, and economy of Minnesota.Learn More
Prayers on the Prairie
See how Asian Minnesotans from five differing religious traditions — Buddhism, Chinese Ancestral Worship, Hinduism, Hmong Shamanism, and Islam — are able to thrive, practice, and live out their religious tenets in Minnesota.Learn More
Firsts: Minnesota's African American Groundbreakers
Watch six interviews — Archie Givens, Jr., Arthur Blakey, Jr., Linda Finney, Robyne Robinson, Sharon Sayles-Belton, and William Finney — to learn the meaning and significance of what it means to be a true Minnesotan first!Learn More
Absent Narratives Authors Series
Listen to Latino, Hmong, Ojibwe, and Dakota authors discuss their influences and lived experiences. Authors share their ideas about the writing process and read from selected pieces of their work.Learn More
Iron Range: Minnesota Building America
This four-part Emmy Award winner for Best Cultural Documentary, produced by TPT and the Minnesota Humanities Center, focuses on The Land, The Mines, The People, and The Work on the Iron Range.Learn More