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ERIC Number: ED454014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 28
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Creating a Virtual Tour of the American Indian.
Roy, Loriene; Christal, Mark
This paper describes how Potawatomi and Santa Clara Pueblo children came to create a virtual tour of cultural exhibits from the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). The first part of this paper explores the nature of museums, how people interact with them, the concept of a virtual museum, and a brief history of NMAI. In addition to three physical spaces, NMAI is developing a "Fourth Museum" to extend access to and use of NMAI's holdings, especially for Native communities remote from the museum sites. As part of the Fourth Museum, in 1999 NMAI, students and teachers from two reservation schools, and University of Texas educators involved in the Four Directions project began a unique collaboration. Four Directions proposed that members of Indian communities be involved with museum personnel in presenting and interpreting cultural objects using technology such as Web page authoring and QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) software. One component would be development of a virtual tour of NMAI exhibits at the George Gustav Heye Center (New York City), as seen through the eyes of Native American children. NMAI agreed, and two schools were chosen on the basis of written plans and school administrative support. Elementary students from Santa Clara Day School (New Mexico) and Hannahville Indian School (Michigan) were chosen through an essay process and traveled with their teachers to New York, where they created QTVR object movies of cultural items on exhibit and QTVR panoramas of the museum space. The current virtual tour (at http://www.conexus.si.edu/main.htm) includes 19 panoramas and 26 objects along with the students' interpretive essays. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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