A new online home for the former Southern Apache Museum is now operating in Houston, fostering a trend towards the digitization of cultural spaces that has accelerated during the pandemic period.
Those looking for a transformative dive into the history of Indigenous culture can visit the renowned latest version of the Southern Plains Museum and Cultural Center (SPMCC), which opened last November with the help of a 10,000 grant. $ from the city mayor’s cultural affairs office.
The new virtual museum has space for a number of smaller specialty museums addressing a number of categories related to the history of Native Americans in the region, including the original institution as well as a genocide museum. American Indians. It also includes a virtual library, a garden, an Aztec pyramid and a health clinic.
Virtual architecture firm INVI, which boasts of creating “virtual experiences through architecture, storytelling and design,” according to the studio’s website.
Visitors to SPMCC can enter its flattened oval virtual space through a tipi entrance to find a clickable guided tour of exhibits ranging from the Founder Chance Landry Thomas Edison’s critical acrylic paintings The buffalo dance (1894) to documents presenting the brutal and deliberate murder of Sioux and Cheyenne prisoners, “regardless of their age, sex or condition”, by special order of General Custer. The interactive tour also offers digital views of various artifacts related to the Lipan Apaches, who made their home in South Texas since their prehistoric migration from what is now central Canada.
“We’re going to use it as a catapult,” Landry, who previously operated a version of the museum in a now-defunct mall from 2012 to 2017, told the Houston Chronicle last fall. “It is a solid basis for moving this project forward. Looking at it visually is different from just talking about it.
The museum is open virtually for now and will continue to operate online until it has been secured a new physical location, according to the SPMCC website.