North-South-East-West: American Indians and the Natural World
have an enduring heritage of connections with the natural universe. These
connections are the focus of Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Alcoa
Foundation Hall of American Indians.
Through exploration of four different visions of living in and with
the natural world—those of the Tlingit of the Northwest
Coast, the Hopi of the Southwest,
the Iroquois of the
Northeast, and the Lakota of the Plains—North,
South, East, West: American Indians and the Natural World examines
the belief systems, philosophies, and practical knowledge that guide Indian
peoples' interactions with the natural world. Though all of these peoples
have chosen different pathways and strategies for making a life in their
various environments, one similar concept is voiced by all—that a reciprocal
connection exists between people and the world.