Ways of Knowing: Haudenosaunee Stories and Culture

Indigenous voices come together to bring you Ways of Knowing. Working in partnership with the Akwesasne Cultural Center, The Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at SUNY ESF, 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.

 

Experience Ways of Knowing: Haudenosaunee Stories and Culture through a series of Storytelling videos that explore traditional stories and invite us to consider different perspectives of nature and people.  Featuring artists & storytellers Dave Fadden and John Fadden from the Six Nations Indian Museum as well as celebrated author, botanist and teacher, Dr. Robin Kimmerer.

 

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.

John Fadden relates a Haudenosaunee story about an evil flying head and its encounter with a Mohawk mother.

Botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin Kimmerer discusses her journey learning about and learning from plants.

Watch “How Bear Clan Got Medicines”

Dave Fadden, of the Six Nations Indian Museum, tells the pictographic record belt story about how the Iroquois people learned about the medicines in nature.

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Watch “Three Sisters”

Botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin Kimmerer explains what we can learn from Indigenous practice of planting corn, beans, and squash together in a mutually symbiotic relationship

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Watch “How Birds Got Their Names”

Dave Fadden of the Six Nations Indian Museum tells the traditional Haudenosaunee story about the way birds received their individual songs using a pictographic record belt.

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Watch “Long Ago They Moved Around”

Using a pictographic record belt, John Fadden of the Six Nations Indian Museum relates the migration story of native peoples across North America.

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Watch “Our Relatives”

Botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin Kimmerer discusses changing pronouns in order to honor the natural world around us.

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Haudenosaunee Educational Resources

Find additional resources to learn more about the rich and vibrant culture of the Haudenosaunee people.

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