Omaha culture is important to the history of the Plains peoples because the Omaha are one of the few Plains tribes who continue an earthlodge/horticultural adaptation to the Plains even after horses were introduced. Omaha artifacts are scarse, widely dispersed, and not well catalogued. Moreover, the collections are not readily accessible to the public or to tribal members. In an effort to make Omaha artifacts and photographic images more available, this project is creating an online catalogue of tribal resources drawn from international sources. Partners in the project are the University of Nebraska State Museum, which houses some important Omaha artifacts; the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, and the Nebraska State Historical Society. The University Libraries has significant experience in cataloging images and creating web accessible databases. The Society has Omaha artifacts in the Museum of Nebraska History, Omaha photographic images in the Library and Archives and a state-of-the art digitization lab. These partners are working together with consultants from the Omaha tribe to create this website that was partially funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
For more information contact D. Allison, University Libraries.