Field Museum plans revamp of Native American hall

Associated Press

Chicago – Chicago’s Field Museum plans to revamp its Native American exhibits with the help of American Indians over the next three years.

Museum president Richard Lariviere tells the Chicago Tribune that its Native North American Hall faces a much needed renovation of displays dating mostly back to the 1950s. He says the project will allow the museum to better tell the history of Native Americans.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians cultural director Marcus Winchester says the displays are essentially old beadwork or baskets that don’t tell the stories of Native Americans. The Pokagon Band is based in southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana.

Museum officials also want to employ Native American workers to help interpret the exhibits and make presentations.