©  Ann Belden 2010 - 2014
 
           Currently on Exhibition: “EIDOS: Contemplating the Pioneer Experience”
A landscape installation on the Elko Nevada California InterpretiveTrail Center’s grounds and hiking trails.










Eidos means the formal content of a culture, encompassing its system of ideas, criteria for interpreting experience, etc. 
EIDOS presents seven stations, made of artifacts representing possessions that would have been discarded from wagons as oxen and mules became too weak to pull their loads. “Faced with knowledge of the incredible hardships ahead, how did pioneers find a common logic that convinced them to carry on?” “What about the Native Americans? What was their eidos? How did they interpret their experiences?”

The exhibit includes pioneer tea service. Complementary hot tea is available at the center’s front desk. Visitors may bring their cups of tea with them as they walk from station to station.