Digital Totem

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

The Digital Totem exhibit in the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians.

The Digital Totem is an interactive installation that's part of a pilot project to bring contemporary Northwest Coast voices and new interpretation into this historic gallery with a touch-screen portal to the peoples, places, and sounds of the Pacific Northwest.

Museum visitors can be introduced to Native residents in photos and interviews, examine 30 artifacts from the Museum’s collection via 360-degree rotations, listen to local languages, and create their own Northwest Coast soundscapes with recordings of natural features, animals, and local instruments.

To create the Digital Totem, the Museum worked closely with Northwest Coast collaborators and interviewed members of Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw, Haida, Nuu-chah-nulth, Musqueam, Gitxsan, Tlingit, and Tsimshian communities.