Virtual Museum of Native American Basketry

Download the museum for your SteamVR-ready virtual reality headset

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Using the VR experience

Get help

For assistance downloading or viewing this VR experience please contact Luka Starmer: lstarmer@unr.edu.

Instructions

  1. Click the download button
  2. Unzip the file
  3. Open the folder and run the SetupInstaller.exe file

Recommended specs

Operating System: 64-bit Windows 10
Processor: 64-bit, Intel i7 8700k or AMD Ryzen 2700X or greater
Memory: 16GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia RTX 3070 or AMD RX 6700 XT or better
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 10 GB available space

VR Experience Features

VR basket with triangular pattern and a black background

Pick up and interact with digital baskets to learn about them in vivid detail

Diorama of a wetland with Native buildings and mountains

Explore immersive dioramas unlike anything possible in a physical museum

Basket exhibit with a basket, notes, and a weaving display

Learn about some of the materials, techniques, and styles of Native American Basketry

Dat So La Lee basket with with images of other baskets in a VR display

Experience a famous Dat So La Lee basket up close and personal

Virtual 3D display with laptop, baskets, and cupboards

Learn about 3D digitization in the virtual Anthropology Research Lab

A display of baskets in black and white

Visit the multimedia gallery to see archival videos and images of basket weavers

Behind the Scenes

This Native American basketry digitization project was a multi-faceted collaborative project in partnership with the Anthropology Research Museum of the University of Nevada, Reno who trustingly opened access to basket artifacts in the Lulu K. Huber collection, as well as shared collections research for each item. Additionally, the Anthropology Department provided the necessary lab space to complete the 3D digitization process.

Learning from Indigenous Objects

Museums are caretakers or stewards and not owners of cultural belongings. Indigenous cultures connect the past, present, and the future and may still use cultural items for ceremonies today. These baskets are digital representations of belongings that reflect the culture and identity from where they came.

“All Indigenous belongings have meaning as objects of beauty, purpose, and spirit. There is no difference between sacred, art, or utilitarian, as there is in western categories. Cultural groups raised traditionally know and understand the meanings of these items better than anyone else (including scholars). Some cultures believe things they’ve made with prayer have a living spirit and need food, light, and air.” - Sherry L. Rupert, Executive Director, State of Nevada Indian Commission February 21, 2019

Special Thanks

Dr. Carol White and The University of Nevada, Reno Anthropology Research Museum

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Cultural Committee

Washoe Tribe Cultural Committee

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Cultural Committee

Dr. Anna Camp and the Nevada State Museum

Billie Jean Guerrero - Director of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Museum

Donna Cossette – Registrar of the Churchill County Museum

Sue Coleman - Basket Weaver, Washoe Tribe

2019 Fall ANTHRO 309 Museum Studies Class 

Kathlin Ray - Dean of University Libraries

Robin Monteith - Events coordinator University Libraries

Jill Stockton - Marketing Communications Specialist University Libraries

IGT Foundation for funding a VR Kiosk

Archival Photos Courtesy University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections and Online Digital Collections Archives