Wednesday, February 11, 2015

AICCM: Photo Essay

Photo taken near sunset on top of the mound at the AICCM
Recently featured in the news in the Oklahoma City area, today the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is a dream not yet fulfilled, located near the intersections of I-35 and I-40, the crossroads of the country.

Last summer, I had the extreme pleasure of touring the site with staff members. Living in Oklahoma for about 10 years, I'd often driven past this site, and I'd watched as it grew from a forgotten stretch of acres into a potential new site for celebrating Native culture.

From the AICCM:
Once The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is completed it will be an epic indoor/outdoor adventure for the entire family! Experience one-of-a-kind exhibits, participate in hands-on educational programs, hear first-hand accounts in the theaters and watch cultural demonstrations celebrating the collective histories and contemporary cultural expressions of Oklahoma’s original peoples. Explore the outdoor cultural park where the plains, prairies and wetlands converge.  Enjoy an intimate connection with the natural environment such as earth, wind, water and fire used to interpret American Indian perspectives. Spend a day at The American Indian Center discovering why the Oklahoma American Indian experience is representative of America's story. Today there are 39 distinct Nations with 12 different language families converging in Oklahoma. Once you have experienced the collective story we encourage you to experience cultural attractions across the state.
An AP news article ("Oklahoma's Hope for Cashing in on Heritage Becomes a Debacle") by Sean Murphy outlines some of the challenges facing the site's completion.

During our visit, we climbed the mound and walked the grounds of this site, peaceful and quiet though surrounded by the city and bound on the north and west by highway. These are some of the photos taken that day.

Visit The AICCM website to learn more about the progress of the site. Many thanks to the AICCM for allowing our visit.

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