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 MAY 1, 2010   VOLUME 4

National Museum of the American Indian Upgrades Immersive Video Experience
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Washington, D.C.  Since 2005, visitors to the The National Museum of the American Indian have enjoyed video experiences in the Lelawi Theater. This included a central projection surface with images of water flowing over rocks. The ceiling showed the sky and storms.

Now the NMAI has upgraded its full-dome video experience with a display system by Global Immersion. GI upgraded seven existing projectors with a Fidelity Bright DLP system. They also added new electronics to the audio and control systems. The upgrades create sharper and brighter images and is more cost-effective than the old system.

The 120-seat Lelawi Theater immerses guests in an exclusive 13-minute presentation titled "Who We Are." "Who We Are"  shares the diversity of
modern Native life. It also explores the bond between communities and their land, religion, traditional knowledge, government and expression.

For each showing, a projector recreates a traditional native campfire scene around which Native Americans tell stories. The digital “fire pit” is surrounded by four smaller screens in the center of the theater.  As the audience sits in a circle of tiered benches, the full-dome allows them to view the “sky” above. 

Lelawi's original digital theater system was created by the Global Immersion team when it was part of SEOS (now Rockwell Collins).

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