Roots of Wisdom helps visitors discover how diverse Native American and Hawaiian cultures are improving the world using their traditional knowledge in conjunction with cutting-edge, western science and technology.
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Conservation video games
Immersive Fire Pit and Story Area
Basket Weaving Interactive
Now more than ever, populations across the globe face serious challenges meeting basic human needs in maintaining sustainable food supplies, clean drinking water and healthy communities. In Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science, visitors learn how diverse Native American and Hawaiian cultures are using their traditional knowledge in conjunction with cutting-edge, western science and technology to successfully restore waterways, help save endangered species, solve health problems, and revitalize cultural practices.
The exhibition shares the stories of four communities giving visitors inspiring, real life examples of how complementary solutions to ecological and health challenges are being applied to improve our world. Through the voices of elders and youth, storytelling, hands-on interactives, multimedia and graphics, visitors take part in the growing movement towards sustainability and reclamation of age-old practices.
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A collection of PDFs and guides for museum staff and teachers to expand on the educational content of the exhibit, including in-classroom experiments and activities for your museum floor.
Unlike many museum exhibitions about Native American life and culture, the project is not built around a collection of objects or artworks, and does not present and interpret traditional lifeways. Roots of Wisdom is an interactive, science museum exhibition about contemporary ecological and cultural restoration.
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Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science. was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). The exhibit was made possible with funds provided by the National Science Foundation (award number 1010559).