Conexus, Your Connection to the National Museum of the American IndianMarty Kreipe de Montaņo , Smithsonian Institution, USA
Session: Demonstrations 1
This paper discuss our use at the NMAI of the Web to reach out to our constituents (Native Americans) and to our audience (non Indians). Most of our constituents will never come to New York City or to Washington to see the objects their ancestors made and used. We are trying several different approaches to the problem of sharing our exhibits and programs with distant communities. Some of our projects are: live Web casts of programs and collections, virtual tours of the museum's temporary exhibits, a private web site with individualized information and images, extensive coverage of visiting artists and their work, and an online production of a play accompanied by curriculum material. We are planing a collaborative project with Bureau of Indian Affairs schools that will involve Indian students coming to the museum to capture images for a virtual tour of our permanent exhibits, and a virtual museum that will feature the student's home communities.
National Museum of the American Indian: http://www.si.edu/organiza/museums/amerind/start.htm
The Cradleboard Teaching Project: http://www.cradleboard.org