Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science.

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. These challenges have inspired innovative solutions from diverse cultures working together. In Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science, visitors will learn how native communities are using their traditional knowledge in conjunction with cutting-edge science to successfully address some of the most pressing issues facing society today.

The exhibition tells this story through the voices of elders and youth from diverse Native American and Hawaiian cultures and includes hands-on interactives, custom video games, audio and video content and engaging graphics. Roots of Wisdom will show inspiring examples of successful projects that incorporate both traditional ecological knowledge and western science. Visitors will be introduced to diverse landscapes including tropical mountains, mighty rivers, ancient forests and coastal inlets.

Visitors will learn how time-tested practices and tools of traditional land management and resource use in concert with western science and technology are restoring waterways, creating sustainable food supplies, helping save endangered species, solving health problems and reviving cultural practices.

Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science is specially designed for families and youth ages 11-14.

Availability Timeframe  
Spring 2016
Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Summer 2017
Fall 2017
  • Requires a minimum of 2,000 sq. ft.
  • 10-12 exhibits: hands-on interactives, computer-based activities, graphic panels and text
  • Instruction Manual and technical support
  • Teachers Guide
  • Marketing Kit
Cost & Rental Terms 
  • Rental fee is $30,000 for a 3 month booking; double bookings available at a discount
  • Shipped in one 53 ft. truck
  • Deposit required upon booking
  • 5 days estimated for installation and takedown
Credit Line 

This exhibit was made possible through funds from the National Science Foundation.