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. Sacred Foods, a travelling exhibit, showcases the resilience and survival of traditional Haudenosaunee food.  We Are All Related features artwork from members of the Haudenosaunee community.

Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address
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.

Sacred Foods

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.

We Are All Related
Experience an art show featuring indigenous expression of the natural world through art from the community of Akwesasne.  Our original instructions as human beings was to care for the Earth and maintain the relationship we have with the natural world. The relationship we have with the natural world is just as important as the relationship we have with our families. Just as we thank our family for providing and supporting us, we must remember to thank the natural world for doing the same and maintain the relationship we have with it.

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.