Native American Cultural Center

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This cultural center is over 20,000 square feet of space that is meant to house gatherings on the interior and exterior of the building, as well as classrooms, a commercial kitchen, history exhibits, offices, large storage areas, and gallery space. The tensile structure, that originates from the tipi, is meant to represent the nomadic spirit of the(undisclosed) Native People. This powerful symbology is recognized throughout the world and represents early natives enduring migration as indigenous people who followed the herds and the weather. These tensile structures are proposed to have openings at the top (glass) which will allow the evening “glow” of the tipi to spill out into the night. This light represents the sacred water bird and the rising of the spirit and flesh of these native peoples to assume its place among God’s creation. During the day, as the sun moves across the sky, the sunspot within the tipi structure (generated by these same openings) will also travel across the interior spaces. This movement of the sun through the interior spaces symbolizes the new dawn for these Native peoples as well as their well-documented perseverance during the “Trail of Tears”.

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