Bringing Together Cultural and Scientific Knowledge of
This workshop builds on combined decades of experience in what we come to call “duallearning” – the weaving together of cultural and scientific knowledge, stories, and hands-on activities in an environment where neither is dominant over the other and resonance between the two is easily found. PI A. Lee’s Native Skywatchers initiative and Collaborator D. Scalice’s NASA and the Navajo Nation partnership form the basis of the pedagogical approach of dual-learning.
We will focus on three constellations—Wakinyan-Thunderbird, To Win/Tun Win-Blue Spirit Woman (Lee, 2014), and Maang-Loon (Lee, 2014)—grounding participants in their location in the night sky and the knowledge contained in their stories. Then, we will introduce astronomy and astrobiology concepts that correspond, relate, and resonate: Wakinyan-Thunderbird with precession; To Win/Tun Win-Blue Spirit Woman with stellar nucleosynthesis; and Maang-Loon with Solar System formation. In each case, we will introduce scientific hands-on activities/labs, and participants will work in groups to expand them to reflect and teach the cultural knowledge they learned.
- WHEN: Wednesday, January 9 at 1PM
- WHERE: ʔaʔkʷustəŋáw̕txʷ House of Learning,
Peninsula College Longhouse
- Contact: Sadie Crowe at Longhouse@pencol.edu (360) 417-7992
We respectfully acknowledge that we are guests at Klallam territories
Studium Generale will open its fall season with a presentation that has become an annual event but with an important change to the title. Instead of the English language, the Klallam/S’Klallam language will take precedence. “Welcome to nəxʷsƛ̕áy̕əm Territory” will begin at 12:35 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Peninsula College’s Little Theater in Port Angeles, followed by a reception in ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse. This is an opportunity for people to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and history of this area and to know that these are traditional Klallam and S’Klallam lands. All tribal members and the general public are invited to attend the event, along with the Peninsula College community. Leaders from the Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam and Lower Elwha Klallam Tribes will offer their expertise on a number of related topics. All are invited to a reception in ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse, directly following the presentation. The first longhouse built on a community college campus, ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ was named in nəxʷsƛ̕áy̕əmucen the Klallam/S’Klallam language because of its location on the traditional territory of the Klallam and S’Klallam people. This longhouse was designed and built through partnerships with six area tribes including the Hoh, Makah, and Quileute tribes, as well as the Klallam/S’Klallam tribes whose language, history, and culture we honor and celebrate in this “Welcome”.
Both events are free and open to the public. Please follow the link for campus map and visitor parking pass. http://pencol.edu/sites/default/files/PC-Campus-Map-Parking-Pass-I.pdf
A new coalition of tribal leaders, The First American Project, has come together to promote policies that protect the environment and human rights, and their first order of business is to pass I-1631, which would put a price on carbon in the effort to slow global warming.
Theresa Sheldon, a member of the coalition and former councilwoman with the Tulalip Tribes, says the people of Washington State “can show the country how we can make that difference for Mother Earth – and for all of our children who have yet to come – to ensure that they actually have rivers they can swim in, that they can fish in; air they can breathe in.”
On the board of the First American Project is chairwoman Frances Charles of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.