SSC students tour museum in Oklahoma City.
Students in Seminole State College’s Native American Literature class recently visited the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (AICCM).
The Museum, scheduled to open in 2017, will showcase language, arts, dance, music, literature, crafts and other traditions thriving in Indian communities throughout Oklahoma. The Center is located on the Oklahoma River, east of downtown Oklahoma City, in the Heart of the Indian Country.
The SSC group was able to tour completed portions of the facility and hear about future completion plans.
Students Ashleigh Johnson, Alyssa Kelough, Jeffery Tiger and Julia Whitetree were joined by their instructor, Assistant Professor of English Jim Wilson for the tour of the facility. Also touring with the group was Will Lena, a member of the College’s Native American Student Association.
Special guests for the tour were LeAnne Howe, an author and professor at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and Monique Mojica, an actor and playwright. Howe and Mojica are collaborating on a play about the reanimation of mounds and mound building in Native culture.
The architectural centerpiece of the new museum is a “Promontory Mount” that circles up toward the sky on a great earthen ramp.
The visit was hosted by Stacy Halfmoon, Director of Community Outreach and Museum Programs at AICCM and Nancy Fields, Education Coordinator at the Museum.
The students were able to interview Halfmoon and Field, as well as discuss the art projects and their significance with Howe and Mojica.