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WHY NOT TURN THE AUD INTO AN INDIAN MUSEUM?

Tourists from foreign lands are flocking to Canada to visit Niagara Falls. What is needed is a world-class attraction to bring these visitors here. American Indians and their past havealways created much interest.

Since Western New York is rich in Indian lore, why not deed the vacant Memorial Auditorium to the federal government, on condition that it would become an American Indian museum?

There are more than 500 Indian tribes in the United States. All of the tribes could have their exhibits on two or three tiers circulating the building, overlooking the middle atrium below, where a main exhibit would be located, depicting Indian life some 200 years ago. Stuffed animals, hunters, cliff dwellers, totem poles, cornfields and other items could be displayed.

On screens at each exhibit, a tribal leader could welcome visitors to America as it was many years ago. This could be done in one of the 250 languages spoken by the Indians, with an interpretation on the bottom of the screen.

There could also be a library, where stories of the past could be presented, such as Mary Jemison, Pocahontas, Red Jacket, Geronimo, Sitting Bull and the Trail of Tears.

EINO SALMINEN Lancaster

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