American Indian Cultural Center and Museum
Cultural Theming & Design: Ramona Sakiestewa, LLC.,
Andrew Merriell + Associates
Architects: Johnson Fain, Los Angeles, CA
The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum will offer visitors to Oklahoma City a central location for an introduction to the 39 Native American tribes with territory in Oklahoma. The Center’s facility sat idle for several years after funding dried up due to the economic downturn of 2008. Now the project has been restarted, and Ramona Sakiestewa is advising the designers regarding culturally appropriate theming for the facility’s interior spaces. The $65 million project is expected to open to the public in 2020.
Although Oklahoma’s Native population is diverse, most of the tribes descend from ancient moundbuilder cultures of the eastern half of the North American continent. Ramona applied moundbuilder pottery patterns, tribal identity colors, local natural materials, and themes from the work of contemporary Oklahoma Native artists to create a palette for use by the interior designers.