Ways of Knowing
Experience Ways of Knowing
Indigenous voices come together to bring you Ways of Knowing. Working in partnership with the Akwesasne Cultural Center, The Six Nations Indian Museum and the Native North American Travelling College, we unite to broaden and heighten our understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
This online map shows the locations of the Ways of Knowing museum partners and other sites to explore while traveling between them.
Learn more about the partnership and exhibits from Akwesasne TV.
Experience Ways of Knowing in four exhibits at The Wild Center that explore traditional ecological knowledge and invite us to consider different perspectives of nature. Start with a new interpretation of a living wetland through the lens of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations/Iroquois) Thanksgiving Address. Artist Dave Fadden’s colorful illustrations invite you to explore the ways our existence is interconnected with the natural world. Three traveling exhibits provide insights into Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and culture: We Are From Akwesasne – illuminates the continuing culture and artistic heritage of Akwesasne; Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science. – explores how Native peoples are using a collaborative approach to encourage sustainable solutions to real world challenges; and, Sacred Foods – showcases the resilience and survival of traditional Haudenosaunee food.
Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address
Opening May 25, 2018
Explore The Wild Center’s newly reinterpreted living wetland exhibit through the lens of the Thanksgiving Address, a Haudenosaunee (Six Nations/Iroquois) greeting that invites reflection on the ways our existence is interconnected with the natural world. Reimagined by artist and Director of The Six Nations Indian Museum, David Fadden, this new experience will offer insight into the culture of the Indigenous Haudenosaunee people that have inhabited this region for thousands of years. Through the intersection of original art created by Fadden and storytelling videos, this new experience honors the ways of knowing our northern landscape.
We are From Akwesasne
Closing September 3, 2018
Discover an interactive traveling exhibit of Mohawk art, artifacts, songs, stories, beliefs and craftsmanship. Curated by youth from Akwesasne alongside artist and Program Coordinator Sue Ellen Herne from the Akwesasne Cultural Center, We are From Akwesasne, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, offers a visual, auditory, and hands-on experience that illuminates the continuing culture and artistic heritage of Akwesasne.
Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science.
Closing September, 3rd 2018
Roots of Wisdom highlights the experiences of four Indigenous communities as brought to life through the voices of elders and youth community members. This interactive exhibit immerses students in the story of how native peoples are using a collaborative approach to encourage sustainable solutions to real world challenges. Roots of Wisdom is a traveling exhibit created through collaboration between the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Indigenous Education Institute (IEI), Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).
Opening May 25, 2018
Created by the Native North American Travelling College, the Sacred Foods exhibit showcases the resilience and survival of traditional Haudenosaunee food. Sacred Foods provides an intimate look into the past — from traditional gardening, the tools used for gathering, and real live plants to get a better understanding of Haudenosaunee food systems.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant number MA-10-17-0987-17; and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.