Monument Museum of Native American Cultures

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News:     Indian Country Today

The monument/museum is to act in part as a monument to the tribes fallen at the time of European colonization and as a vehicle through which the strength of the modern Native American cultures can be more widely appreciated through the presentation of artifacts, contemporary artwork, celebrations, and teachings from the wide array of American Indian cultures encompassed by the phrase “Native American.” The beautiful cultures surrounding these First People express a powerful connection with the natural and spiritual world in a way that modern culture has become divorced from. Many museums have been erected to expose people to the cultural artifacts of the Native American people, but this museum seeks to go beyond the exhibition of an object to unveil the spiritual context they were created in within Native American life. “The most important aspect of the design is to create a striking city block characterizing a highly contemporary vision of the ancient culture and spirituality of Native Americans. ” says Paul N. Poloz. The museum  will be approximately 250,000 sq.ft. and will be completed in 2020.

This museum will be highly sustainable to showcase green design and encourage visitors to explore ways in which they can help to preserve the natural world in the same manner that the First People maximized their readily available resources while minimizing their impact on the world. In modern society where people find themselves participating in an economy of thoughtless consumption and waste, an oasis of nature and spiritual contemplation of the human place in the world can significantly enhance many lives and revive the presence of the Native American as a source of wisdom instead of allowing these cultures to vanish.

Director of the Project: Paul. N. Poloz
Project Team: Lauren Polhamus, David Lewis Krohn, Vladimir Bulakh