American Indian Museum

American Indian Museum
Washington DC, DistrictofColumbia
Washington DC, DistrictofColumbia During the week of training on asbestos and underground storage tanks, we were able to take a group to the National Museum of the American Indian. There we received a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum. It was quite fascinating. It is always very interesting to see what equipment and programs other buildings have in place. Visits like this offer an opportunity to share best practices. I was very impressed with the tour we received. Every part of the operation was presented to us. I was particularly impressed with the cleaning crew. It was quite evident that a lot of time and effort had gone into setting up a display which allowed them to describe their operation very well. When we were done with the tour, we were able to walk through the museum. This was my first time in the museum. I really enjoyed it. As it happened, there was an exhibition by a Native American. I do not remember the name; however, the exhibits were striking. One of the first I saw was the Chair Whale. As one first approached, it looked like the skeleton of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling. Upon closer scrutiny, it was actually made out of those molded plastic patio chairs that nearly everyone owns. It was amazing to the me the imagination and vision it took to put this together. The next sculpture was that of an Indian standing tall. Again, on closer inspection, one could see the entire sculpture was made out of multiple baseball gloves. Each glove was cut into a specific shape and then added to the sculpture. There were many items in this exhibit. The last one that really struck me were the totem poles made out of golf bags. Much like the baseball gloves, the golf bags were cut into a specific shape and then added to the totem pole. I enjoy art such was was on display today. I always find it amazing how some artists can take everyday, ordinary objects and form them into something one would never expect to see from such an object. I should have made note of the artists name. I would highly recommend a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian.

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