Where Words Touch the Earth

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Students from American Indian Tribal Colleges interview Elders, other students, and community members to provide a Native American perspective on climate change and its effects on their communities.

 

  • Salmon Move into Deeper Waters

    For generations, Native Americans have depended on their observations of nature for survival. In this video from Northwest Indian College, an Elder recalls how fishermen suspected the water was warming after observing salmon retreat to deeper waters.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Warmer Water Kills Salmon Eggs

    In this video segment adapted from Northwest Indian College, a Native American Elder explains her observation that a temperature rise of just 3°F is killing salmon eggs.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Witnessing Environmental Changes

    In this video segment adapted from Haskell Indian Nations University, meet Elders who describe dramatic changes that they have witnessed in their local environments.
    Grades: 3-12
  • Dendroclimatology in the Navajo Nation

    In this video segment adapted from Navajo Technical College, meet a dendroclimatologist who studies the relationship between precipitation and tree growth in the Navajo Nation.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Mitigating Climate Change

    In this video segment adapted from Navajo Technical College, meet a chemistry professor who explains some of the core concepts connected to climate change: carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and emissions from energy use.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Sense of Smell Leads Salmon Home

    This video segment adapted from Northwest Indian College reveals how Native American life and knowledge is connected to natural cycles.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Healing Mother Earth for Future Generations

    In this video segment adapted from United Tribes Technical College, meet Native Americans who are concerned about climate change and believe that action today can help future generations once again live in harmony with Earth.
    Grades: 3-11
  • Observing Changes in Water Resources

    In this video segment adapted from the College of Menominee Nation, tribal members observe lower water levels in lakes and streams and call for global, collaborative solutions to address climate change.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Reconnecting with Your Environment

    In this media-rich activity designed for teacher professional development, take a nature walk to observe aspects of your local environment, then plan an activity for students that will help them interact with the natural world.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Wetlands

    In this video segment adapted from Haskell Indian Nations University, learn about the spiritual role and ecological function of the wetlands adjacent to the university's campus.
    Grades: 6-12
  • North Dakota Tribal Members Talk About Climate Change

    In this video segment about climate change adapted from United Tribes Technical College, members of several Native American tribes discuss their observations about how the seasons are changing and share their concerns and hopes for the future.
    Grades: 3-12
  • Observing Changes in Snowfall

    Learn how snowfall happening later in the year than usual is impacting cultural practices in this video segment about climate change adapted from the College of Menominee Nation.
    Grades: 5-12
  • Salmon Population Depleted

    In this video segment adapted from Northwest Indian College, Lummi Elders explain how a decline in the availability of salmon reflects a threatened environment that must in some way be protected.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Adopting Sustainable Food Practices

    Hear about how respect for Earth can help us attain a more sustainable lifestyle in the face of climate change in this video segment adapted from United Tribes Technical College.
    Grades: 6-12
  • The Seasons Are Moving

    In this video segment adapted from the College of Menominee Nation, tribal members share examples of how seasons are changing, and how these changes are affecting local plants.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Why Does Climate Change Matter?

    In this video segment adapted from United Tribes Technical College, listen as six Native American students share their concerns, hopes, and knowledge about climate change.
    Grades: 3-12
  • Overstepping Mother Earth's Boundaries

    Have we overstepped Mother Earth's boundaries? What are the consequences? In this video segment adapted from Haskell Indian Nations University, hear a Native perspective on our relationship with the natural environment.
    Grades: 3-12
  • Navajo Elders' Observations on Climate Change

    In this video segment adapted from Navajo Technical College, hear about changes in climate and in the natural environment as observed by two Navajo Elders.
    Grades: 3-12
  • Navajo Reflections on Climate Change

    In this video segment adapted from Navajo Technical College, meet two members of the Navajo Nation, one Elder and one scientist, as they share their observations about how precipitation has changed since they were children.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Native Student Filmmakers Focus on Climate Change

    In this video segment adapted from Haskell Indian Nations University, student filmmakers explain why it is important to them to make a video about climate change.
    Grades: 6-12