Learn More About the Grand Village

From: Natchez Democrat

Until recently, people visiting the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians could only see with their mind’s eye what the oldest Natchez settlement looked like in 1730.

However, people with smartphones or tablets can now travel back in time to view the earth mounds built around St. Catherine’s Creek in a new virtual reality exhibit, which launched Monday.

“We’ve heard a lot of positive things from people who’ve downloaded it,” Grand Village Director Lance Harris said post-launch of the exhibit developed by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and Timelooper, which not only allows people to visit the mound site in the 1700s but view it from anywhere in the world.

“You just need to have a compatible device that can utilize the app, such as an iPhone, iPad or Android device,” Harris said. “If you’re standing in the same vantage point and you have the app, you can see the landscape transform in front of you and on the screen see things that are no longer there.”

Timelooper is free to install either from Apple Store or Google Play.

Harris said the Grand Village won an MDAH drawing for the exhibit and the app features began development in August 2019.


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