Diorama Unveiled

By Hayley Loe

The Red River Parish Library held a formal unveiling of a new addition to its collection. Mrs. Karen Gills recently finished her newest project for the Library, which she had been working on for over 4 years.  The project is a diorama on the early Caddo Indians which were settled along the Red River.

Gills has built many dioramas on the Caddo Indians in Natchitoches Parish. She said, “One of the hardest things I went through was doing this project around my job.”  Gills added, “I am glad that this will bring culture and history to our small town.

Librarian Trey Lewis, who is one of the many people who were able to make this project possible, said, “One of the most difficult things that happened during the building of the project was the fact that the diorama grew in size.  We had to have a cabinet specially made for the diorama to go on display.

Afterwards the Library posted, “We had over 40 people turnout Tuesday for the unveiling of the Caddo Indian diorama at the library.  Karen Gill has been working tirelessly for a long time to complete this realistic depiction of Caddo Indian life.  A truly professional job. We invite everyone out to see this wonderful work of art permanently located in the foyer of the library.  While you are here please check out the other displays of relics and local history and memorabilia on display

Both Lewis and Gills expressed hopes the project brings a cultural aspect to the town.  The project was all handmade and is now on display at the library.

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