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Exhibition Details

Exhibition Name:

Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science.

Description: In Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science, students and families will learn ways in which traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and cutting-edge science are being applied to challenges that face people across the nation and beyond. Learn how this innovative approach to problem solving is working to improve our world.

This cross-culturally developed, interactive exhibition tells the stories of four indigenous communities, giving visitors real life examples of how traditional knowledge and Western science provide complementary solutions to ecological and health challenges. Through the voices of elders and youth, hands-on interactives, videos, graphics, and clever computer games, visitors will gather resources, examine data, and take part in the growing movement towards sustainability and reclamation of age-old practices. A comment and article posting board is also included, allowing host sites to relate the universal messages of the exhibition to their local communities by displaying relevant materials and inviting visitors to comment on reflection prompts.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Roots of Wisdom is specially designed for students ages 11-14 and has English audio, video, and text along with language samplings from several different indigenous communities. The exhibition was developed by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in collaboration with the Indigenous Education Institute (IEI), the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), native community elders, educators, and youth.

Category: Science & Technology
Primarily Consists Of: Hands-On Activities
Cost: $30,000 plus shipping *inquire about near-term pricing for Summer 2020!
Size: 2,000 - 2,500 sq. ft.
Venue Length: 3 months / 6 months
Availability: Summer 2020 & beyond
Special Requirements: Please contact OMSI for more info about requirements.
Previous Venues: Tamastslikt Cultural Center | Pendleton, Oregon
Hibulb Cultural Center | Tulalip, Washington
Washington State History Museum | Tacoma, Washington
Sam Noble Museum | Norman, Oklahoma
Rocky Mount Children's Museum and Science Center | Rocky Mount, NC
The Wild Center | Tupper Lake, NY
Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center | Buford, GA
Turtle Bay Exploration Park | Redding, CA
CDC Museum | Atlanta, GA
Organization: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Contact: Rick Gales
Address: 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, 97214 United States
Phone: 503-797-4659
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