The American Museum of Natural History Uses Digital Totems to Share Data

By: Hayley McGlone - Jul 28, 2016
References: popsci & wsj
Digital totems are being installed in the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

The digital totems will enable museum-goers to learn more about the languages, cultures and stories of the communities in the Pacific Northwest. The totems will enable visitors to see photos and interviews of Native peoples, look at artifacts with via 360-degree rotations, listen to local languages and create their own soundbites with recordings of natural features, animals and local instruments. The 7-foot digital totem is aimed to engage museum-goers and allows them to interact with the cultures being showcased within the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians.

The Museum of Natural History has been introducing various technology recently, including a robot tour guide. The Hall of Northwest Coast Indians first opened in 1900 but these updated digital totems will be sure to educate museum-goers about Native peoples in an interactive way.