Exhibits and Interpretive Sites: Design, Layout, Construction, and Managment
Whether you are a small county heritage museum or a large cultural center, we can provide your organization with professional exhibit assistance. We have experience in expanding layouts, repairing exhibits, and creating new interpretive sites. If you just need consultation on an effective small Woodland Indian exhibit or a project director to carry out all tasks relating to a large Native exhibit under grant guidelines, we can help.
We design historic Native-style living areas and displays.
We construct dome wigwams, a-frame wigwams, conical wigwams, most types of longhouses, lean-tos, shade shelters, and garden platforms.
We construct historic Native-style Maple sugar camp, fishing camp, and hunting camp interpretive sites.
We are experienced in harvesting bark to make bark sheets for wigwams and longhouses, as well as making exterior cattail mats for wigwam coverings.
Small Native foods display for a nature center, 2012.
We can also be contracted for projects to stage exhibits and furnish displays with all necessary daily material culture, whether we personally make the re-created artifacts or act as "buyers," locating and collecting the necessary re-created artifacts appropriate for your time period and Native American culture(s) represented.
We need just general information on your project: -The Native American Culture(s) -The Time Period -Exhibit Setting & Surroundings -Hands-On or Hands-Off Display -Budget -Your Goals For The Exhibit
We specialize in constructing and staging life-size home and village exhibits, but also offer a dome wigwam construction workshop and cattail mat making workshop where your staff can participate in every step of the process, and gain the skills to replicate these exhibits and display materials. Please refer to our workshops page for further information on these programs.
Our backgrounds also include a Commercial Art Certification (Jessica) and experience working in forestry and logging (Mark), which is important when your exhibit needs mannequin dress and placement or fresh building materials. In most cases, we are fully equipped with needed tools for any exhibit work, including professional grade chainsaw and woodworking equipment. Our experience not only includes non-conventional building of historic Native homes on the job, but also experience in building our own house - our 16-sided cordwood masonry house in Southern Indiana (pictured below).