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Native American galleries open at Shreveport museum

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Kate Archer Kent
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A worker removes smudges from the glass encacement displaying a 1,000-year-old Caddo Culture dugout made from a single bald cypress tree.

Two Native American galleries are set to open at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport. They feature the Poverty Point culture and the Caddo Nation. The museum constructed a glass case to display a 30-foot long canoe constructed of a single bald cypress tree dating back 1,000 years. It was found on the banks of the Red River in 1983. A seven-minute documentary explains how it was preserved. The opening reception is Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon to 4 p.m.