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Native people are very aware of how the natural elements interact to form our experience.
An Audio Transcript
Now, turn around again to face the building. Walk with me now towards the museum. Do you see the tall triangular-shaped rock opposite the waterfall? Walk over to it. Stand as close as you can to the center of the rock, facing the waterfall. As Native people, we are very aware of how the elements that make up our environment interact. You may not be able to hear it at first, but the rock's solid form subtly changes the way we perceive the sound of the waterfall. This is one way the elements – rock, water, air, and our own bodies – blend to create our experience of this place.
Donna House is Navajo and Oneida. "…Water is so important to our stories. There are songs, poetry, and writings about the different voices of water. So, as you're coming in you'll hear the different voices of the greeting the visitors… as you're coming in, this water that's cascading down forms the stream along the building and it follows the wave of the building…What you're doing is starting to shed all of the Mall experience and the outside, and you're coming into a Native site, a Native experience."