Very cool – a new finding at the National Museum of the American Indian

OK, call me thick if you will, but I had never noticed a cool feature of the National Museum of the American Indian here in Washington, DC. As I have mentioned before in a few posts, there as a small, but spectacular, collection of four native craft displayed in the main foyer of the museum: an Inuit skin-on-frame kayak (using modern skin), an Ojibwe bark canoe, a Bolivian reed boat, and a Hawaiian outrigger canoe. The foyer is a cool, multistory affair with each floor open to it. I finally looked down from the top floor and, with help of the sign right there (I’m good like that), saw that the boats are not randomly arranged. It’s clear looking down from above: the kayak is in the North, the canoe to the East, the reed boat to the South, and the outrigger to the West. Clever! Makes the whole display that much more worth viewing.

Boats of the National Museum of the American Indian

2 Comments for “Very cool – a new finding at the National Museum of the American Indian”

says:

Thank you! the Smithsonian does such a good job; the Museum of the American Indians here in NYC Bowling Green is great, I love it. (But we don’t have the boats here.)

says:

OK, so I’m 10 months late noticing this one. Very cool anyway. Can you grab the display and spin it around like Wheel of Fortune? Would love to get a closer look at the reed boat.

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