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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
Price, Michael Wassegijig – Winds of Change, 2002
A connection with nature constitutes the difference between Western science and indigenous perspectives of the natural world. Understanding the synchronicity of natural and astronomical cycles is integral to Anishinaabe cosmology. Examples show how the Anishinaabe cultural worldview and philosophy are reflected in their celestial knowledge and how…
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, Astronomy, Chippewa (Tribe), Nonformal Education
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
Campbell, Anne – Winds of Change, 1991
Traditional American Indian education reflects beliefs that no single absolute truth exists, and that children learn by observing and interacting with others who know bits of the truth. Mainstream education sees teachers as the most important dispensers of universal truth learned in linear fashion. These views may be incompatible. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, Conventional Instruction, Culture Conflict
Cajete, Greg – Winds of Change, 1993
The traditional relationship and participation of Indian people with the American landscape has influenced their perceptions of themselves and of reality. The Pueblo "theology of place" is illustrated in their agricultural practices and accompanying ceremonial cycles. Modern Indian education must heal the split between spiritual and…
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, Ecology, Nonformal Education
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
Ortiz, Simon J. – Winds of Change, 1995
Native American storytelling contributes to maintenance of Native cultures; development of individual identities rooted in awareness of family, community, heritage, and land; and the flourishing of contemporary Native American fiction. Today, stories are transmitted by oral tradition and the writer's craft. Includes author's recollections of…
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Literature, Cultural Maintenance, Individual Development
Palmer, Paula – Winds of Change, 1998
In this interview, Professor Harald Gaski, a Sami from Arctic Norway, notes similarities and differences in Sami and American-Indian cultures related to forced boarding schools for assimilation purposes, traditional education, religion, "yoiking" (singing) and music, connection to nature, and tribal schools. He advocates the…
Descriptors: Acculturation, American Indians, Cultural Maintenance, Cultural Traits
Brascoupe, Clayton – Winds of Change, 1998
A Mohawk farmer reflects on the value of farming in relation to maintaining political sovereignty, observing and valuing nature and its cycles, developing a sense of community and family responsibility, traditional religion, sharing, and appropriate family living. Views are given on natural pest control, intercropping, use of herbs, reviving…
Descriptors: Agriculture, American Indian Culture, American Indians, Family Life