Native Waters: Sharing the Source

Native Waters: Sharing the Source is a 500-square-foot traveling exhibit designed in collaboration with Montana State University and tribal communities living within the Missouri River basin. Part of a water education initiative, the exhibit features a mix of playful water science interactives and powerful stories from native cultures. Native Waters: Sharing the Source creates opportunities for Missouri River tribes to learn about water science and resource issues within their own cultural context. After a preview at Montana State University in September 2003, the exhibit traveled to Missouri River basin tribal communities' schools, museums, libraries, and cultural centers.



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The exhibit floor plan is based on the Plains Indian tipi liner and outside cover.


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Which watershed is better for the river? Pump water from clouds onto two different watersheds—one in a rural landscape, and one in an urban area—and compare how quickly the river fills up.


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Nonpoint-source Pollution Marble Game. Guide a marble "raindrop" to the lake without letting it fall into such pollutants as oil spilled from a car or an animal feedlot.


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Four different audio stations feature water stories told by children and adults.


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The high-definition film A Dream for Water focuses on water stories in the present and features people who are making a difference in the Missouri River basin.


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Each panel includes symbols, quotes, and photographs, all of which embody symbolism of traditional ways of knowing about water within the tribes of the Missouri River basin.
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