I am currently working on sorting through and re-categorizing the previous literature review concerning children’s museums in Canada. This is inclusive of permanent galleries throughout the provinces as well as temporary/changing exhibits that have been put on display through the museums. They are alphabetically categorized by province and I am making the addition of any recent and new exhibits that have been installed. I am continuing the research beyond Canada and extending our exploration into other countries. A museum in Alabama named the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa is paying tribute to the Indigenous land native to that location through an interactive exhibit called the Choctaw Indian Village. Children can explore some of the cultural practices known to the indigenous peoples, such as playing with animal furs, making shell necklaces and learning how to do pottery. Children also have the opportunity to learn how to read the hieroglyphics of a pictographic map, which is a different form of writing that uses symbols to convey meaning. This allows children to foster respect and interest surrounding Native cultures and practices. The museum also teaches patrons how to speak a little bit of Choctaw and encourages visitors to practice basic phrases. The Children’s Museum of the Shoals also has a similar exhibit called Tribal Trails that shows that the Chickasaws and Cherokees were the first tribes to claim land in the Muscle Shoals region. Children can also dress up in Native American attire and partake in imaginary role play.
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