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 and The Six Nations Indian Museum, we unite to broaden and heighten our understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address
Opening May 25, 2018
Opening this spring, 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
Opening May 25, 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.
Opening May 25 to 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).

Sacred Food
Opening May 25, 2018
Created by the Native North American Traveling College, 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.