As an educator specializing in American Indian history and the environment, Mercedes Tuma-Hansen presents programs at schools, parks, museums, and as a public speaker. While Mercedes is not Native herself, she values sharing these historic stories. Getting her start as a tour guide at the Minnesota Historical Society, she developed a national award-winning museum education program. Now she has over 15 years of living history experience. By teaching about everyday life in the past and having people try their hand at skills like birchbark basket making, net making, processing wild nuts, and creating traditional art with a modern twist, she gives people an opportunity to experience history. Mercedes’ programs engage participants by connecting the past to our modern lives.