Audio installation "Soundscapes - the acoustic world of indigenous people of North America"


In an "immersive" audio installation, visitors of Switzerland's North American Native Museum NONAM, in Zurich, can experience the sounds from Inuit, Kwakwaka’wakw, Hopi und Navajo communities. The Soundscapes do not try to simulate a historical or idealised context. They reflect today's daily life, with sounds of nature (weather, trees, animals), sound of activities (people at work, at school, shopping, in their homes), the sounds of social events (auctions, gatherings, celebrations, rituals), and of course languages.
All recordings were made in close cooperation with the community members, mostly based on long time contacts and friendship.
The Sound Chamber is an acoustically treated four-metre square cube designed to contain up to seven people at a time. Inside, light is excluded by black drapes. It is a permanent feature of the museum. The Inuit Soundscape is presented since 2009. The others were launched in June 2010.
Workshops are proposed to schools: children learn to hear without seeing, and find out similarities and differences between their acoustic environment and those of the indigenous people of North America.

Niveau d’intervention géographique

  • International
  • Local
  • National


  • Promouvoir une connaissance mutuelle de la diversité culturelle, ethnique, linguistique, religieuse
  • Renforcer l'éducation de qualité et le développement de compétences interculturelles

Pays bénéficiaire (s) / Groupes cibles

  • peuples autochtones Amérique Nord
  • grand public
  • enfants, jeunes, écoles

Principaux partenaires

with the support of the Swiss Commission for UNESCO

Nom de l’organisation / Entité responsable principale

North America Native Museum

01/01/2010 - 31/12/2010
Audio installation "Soundscapes - the acoustic world of indigenous people of North America"