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The Sculpture Garden of Native Science and Learning will establish a living 3-dimensional library, a place dedicated to the study of Native science within its own worldview, and following traditional practices, protocols and values. Instead of creating a library composed of books, because Indigenous knowledge is carried in symbol, glyph and form. This will be a library of multi media sculptures and artworks.
Native people need a place to study their science that is completely within our worldview where we are free to follow an organic learning process and deepen relationship with the living world.The Long-term vision is that a network of gardens will be built across North America. We have begun by planning the first garden for the San Francisco Bay Area to serve its community of 70,000 Native people. We are now seeking land for the site.
We have started knowledge-gathering in the Northwest, where carving traditions thrive and there is access to the natural resources needed.Meanwhile, the first group of carvers has started work in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where they are setting up a carving site and learning place. There, the carvers will meet with members of the community to come to consensus about the knowledge they wish to contribute to the Garden and prioritize their educational needs. In this way the local Native community is supported in creating a physical place to study and to generate educational activities that reflect their traditions and clarify their learning processes.
Through these activities the young come to realize they are gifted learners and regain a sense of belonging that they do not find in western schoolrooms. Our purpose is to address the dropout rate and end the suicide epidemic, which is a direct result of Native young people finding no accurate reflection of themselves in the Western educational system.
The creative and educational programs surrounding the creation of the Garden will give students a context and a framework from which to explore Western knowledge.
To communicate Indigenous scientific knowledge through art
in an earth garden is more than a form of expression,
it is a portal to a place of study where an animate universe in which all is related is embodied.
The Sculpture Garden will advance the study of Native Science and support an ethical, productive relationship between Western and Native worldviews and benefit the renewal of the conditions that allow life to continue on Earth.