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Boyne, Grace M. – Winds of Change, 2003
A nuclear physicist feels that his Navajo upbringing, with its emphasis on the structure of nature and abstract reasoning, prepared him well for the world of physics. Traditional Navajo sandpaintings helped him understand physics concepts. Native American students show strengths in learning visual, perceptual, or spatial information, and they…
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indians, Cognitive Style
Adams, Nicole – Winds of Change, 2002
Three successful American Indian women--film maker and businesswoman Valerie Red-Horse, Cherokee law professor and appeals court justice Stacey Leeds, and prolific artist Virginia Stroud--discuss their careers, emphasizing the importance of retaining cultural values, the struggles of being a racial and gender pioneer in their field, and the…
Descriptors: American Indians, Artists, Careers, Court Judges
Hubbard, Pat – Winds of Change, 2002
The Seminole Department of Genealogy and Anthropology exists to serve the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Its core work is the reconstruction of families and clans throughout Seminole history. As a non Indian, the department director describes how she has earned tribal members' confidence by learning their ways and showing respect for the information…
Descriptors: American Indian History, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Maintenance, Genealogy
Sorensen, Barbara – Winds of Change, 2002
Three Native Americans working in sports training, film making, and engineering discuss their thoughts on leadership. Each one defines leadership in terms of their own experiences, aspirations, and successes, but all three come to similar conclusions: community members must be willing to nurture leadership in young people by acting as role models…
Descriptors: American Indians, Cultural Maintenance, Language Maintenance, Leadership Qualities
Adams, Nicole – Winds of Change, 2002
Today's young American Indians have unprecedented opportunities, but the traditional role of community and elders in leadership development has been disrupted. Several programs are described that develop Indian leaders in accordance with Indian traditions. Innovative cultural programming, internship and employment opportunities, and integrating…
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indians, Citizenship Responsibility, Community Leaders
Taliman, Valerie – Winds of Change, 2001
On a tour of Cuba, Native scholars from North and South America reconnected with the "extinct" Taino people and shared their knowledge of traditional healing herbs. Western science is just beginning to validate the tremendous knowledge base that indigenous healers have developed--most indigenous medicinal knowledge is useful for finding…
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, Conferences, Cultural Maintenance, Females
Howard, Lari Ellen – Winds of Change, 2001
Profiles four American Indians of Oklahoma who strove to preserve their languages and traditions and pass them on to future generations: Kiowa grandmother and educator Evalu Ware Russell, Cherokee minister Sam Hider, Kialegee (Muskogee Creek) elder James Wesley, and Choctaw leader Charley Jones. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, American Indians, Cherokee, Choctaw
Merritt, Judy – Winds of Change, 1995
Based on her belief that all of our lives are stories that are pieces to a puzzle forming the truth behind the sacredness of life, Anne Dunn--Ojibwe storyteller and author--seeks to build bridges between cultures, between generations, and between oral and written storytelling. Includes a review of her book "When Beaver Was Very Great."…
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Literature, American Indians, Authors