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How Indigenous Groups Are Using 3-D Technology to Preserve Ancient Practices – Scientific American

June 29, 2022

To safeguard fragile cultural objects, some groups are replicating them with digital models

In a cavernous Smithsonian Institution workshop, a team of imaging experts laser scans a small, hand-carved cedar hat. It was crafted more than 140 years ago from a solid piece of wood and depicts a bear with large copper eyes. In a few hours, the experts will have a videoconference with members of the Haida Nation in British Columbia to go over the progress they’ve made on their collaborative goal: creating a digital three-dimensional model of this clan crest hat, an object of significant cultural importance for the Haida.

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