Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians

Welcome to Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians! This long-awaited addition to Carnegie Museum of Natural History opens the weekend of June 6 and 7. We invite you -- our members -- to join us in celebrating this monumental event during our Members-Only Preview on Friday, June 5, or during our public opening activities on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7. On the pages that follow, we are happy to share with you a sneak preview of what’s in store for you and your family when you visit.

Alcoa Hall reflects the relationship that American Indians have maintained with the natural world for the past century and, as such, is contemporary as well as historic. Four important and geographically diverse American Indian cultures are represented: the Hopi of the Southwest, the Lakota of the Plains, the Tlingit of the Northwest Coast, and the Iroquois of the Northeast.

Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians is the largest hall ever developed by Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and it represents the culmination of an eight-year effort by our sections of Anthropology and Conservation, our Division of Exhibit Design and Production, and the Division of Education. Overseeing the entire project was Marsha C. Bol, associate curator of Anthropology, with the assistance of James B. Richardson III, curator of Anthropology. We are especially grateful to the many American Indians who served as consultants throughout the design process. The hall never could have been completed without their guidance. They offered ideas along the way, helped us to understand their cultures more fully, and contributed strong native voices and perspectives. We also thank the Alcoa Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other donors whose support helped make the hall possible.

We know that you will be as enthusiastic as we are about the opening of Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, for it truly is a cause for celebration.

 -- Jay Apt, Director
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Click on one of the following selections:

The Four Nations in Alcoa Hall

Map of the Alcoa Hall

Behind the Scenes

Edward S. Curtis: Selections from the North American Indian Portfolio,  by Linda Batis

Back Issues


Copyright 1998 Carnegie Magazine
All rights reserved.