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NMAI curators seek to translate culture for visitors

Visitors to the new National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will be seeing, or maybe not seeing, Native culture in a different light.

Curators and staff are intent on ensuring artifacts, items and other objects are displayed in a culturally appropriate manner. Some things can only be handled by men or by women, some things have to be oriented in a certain direction and some things aren't shown at all.

Most of the collection won't even be at the museum on the National Mall. Those items are stored at the Cultural Resources Center in Maryland, which will offer tours to visitors next week.

Get the Story:
Guiding Spirit (The Washington Post 9/15)

Relevant Links:
National Museum of the American Indian -

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