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View recent webinars hosted by the Education department of the National Museum of the Native American. Find topics that support your teaching and learning about Native Americans. View the live webinar schedule.

2021 Living Earth Teach-In

March 20, 2021

This online Living Earth Teach-In focuses on how traditional foods sustain our bodies and spirits. Traditional foods and the knowledge related to growing, harvesting, storing and preparing them has been practiced for millenia by Indigenous Peoples. The Living Earth Teach-In is recommended for all K-12 teachers in the subjects of environmental science, history, social studies, and STEAM. (Full ninety-minute program)

The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America

March 20, 2021

Watch Keynote speaker for the 2021 Living Earth Teach-In, Chef Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota), Founder/CEO The Sioux Chef, co-founder of NATIFS. He presents "The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America," a history of traditional foods and the movement towards food sovereignty today through his Native American Food Lab.

Traditional Foods Sustain our Bodies and Spirits: A Moderated Panel

March 20, 2021

This panel session was part of the 2021 Living Earth Teach-In, hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian. Renée Gokey (Eastern Shawnee), Teacher Services Coordinator at the National Museum of the American Indian, moderates a panel addressing the importance of traditional foods and food sovereignty in Native communities. The panelists include Valerie Segrest (Muckleshoot), Susan Sekaquaptewa (Hopi), and Travis Zimmerman (Lake Superior Chippewa).

Using Native Knowledge 360° Classroom Resources Related to Traditional Foods

March 20, 2021

Learn about NK360° online resources related to traditional foods. In this final session of the 2021 Living Earth Teach-In, Colleen Call Smith, NK360° Educator at the National Museum of the American Indian, shares the purpose of Native Knowledge 360°, the museum’s National Education Initiative, and connects you with relevant and classroom-ready digital materials.

Maya Astronomy and Mathematics—Yesterday and Today

February 22, 2021

The content in this 75-minute webinar connects to the Living Maya Time online resource, featuring videos of solar alignments with ancestral pyramids and an interactive Maya math activity. Dr. Isabel Hawkins (Astronomer) provides an optional hands-on strategy for students to measure time and find the cardinal directions by tracking shadows using commonly available household items. Designed and recommended for educators of grades 5–8 who teach history, social studies, or STEM.

Session 2 | Giving Thanks: Telling More Complete Narratives in Your Classroom

November 17, 2020

This online resource was a 2-part series of professional development delivered live to more than 700 teachers in the United States and around the world taking part in the sessions titled Giving Thanks: Telling More Complete Narratives in your Classroom. The teacher workshop series was hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Education Department. This engaging educational resource is presented by Marissa Manitowabi (Seneca).

Session 1 | Giving Thanks: Telling More Complete Narratives in Your Classroom

November 10, 2020

This online resources was a 2-part series of professional development delivered live to more than 700 teachers in the United States and around the world taking part in the sessions titled Giving Thanks: Telling More Complete Narratives in Your Classroom. The teacher workshop series was hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Education Department. This engaging educational resources is presented by Bert Correa (Taino) Assistant Workshop Coordinator, and Renee Gokey, Teacher Services Coordinator of the Native Knowledge 360° Initiative and a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Nation of Oklahoma.

Teach-In 2020: American Indian Response to Environmental Challenges

September 9, 2020

Featured on the NMAI's Native Knowledge 360° website, American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges is an interactive educational resource that teaches how four Native nations are addressing environmental issues in their homelands. Students use online videos, maps, images, and activities to explore case studies of the Akwesasne Mohawk of northern New York, the Campo Kumeyaay Nation of southern California, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe of northern Minnesota, and the Lummi Nation of Washington State. Students will learn how traditional culture, values, and indigenous knowledge, along with Western science and technology, inform the environmental work of these contemporary Native nations. This engaging educational resource is presented by Ed Schupman, manager of the Native Knowledge 360° Initiative and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma.

Teach-In 2020: The Inka Empire, What Innovations Can Provide Food and Water for Millions?

September 9, 2020

The Inka Empire thrived in South America in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Join astronomer and educator Dr. Isabel Hawkins (bilingual/bicultural, from Argentina) of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco to delve into The Inka Empire: What Innovations Can Provide Food and Water for Millions? This Native Knowledge 360° online lesson highlights Inka-period engineering accomplishments that allowed the Inka to manage their vast and disperse empire. Discover how their legacy has relevancy in the present day. Explore a variety of sources that reveal how the need to feed and provide water for millions of people across an expansive territory led to Inka innovations in water management and agriculture. Many of these innovations are still in use today by Indigenous communities in the Andes. This teacher workshop session was part of the 2020 Indigenous Peoples' Day Teach-In, hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian and Teaching for Change.

Teach-In 2020 Keynote—Winona LaDuke: Water and Food Justice

September 9, 2020

Winona LaDuke (member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg of the White Earth reservation) is an internationally known activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. Here she speaks online to more than 250 teachers from in the United States and around the world taking part in the 2020 Indigenous Peoples' Day Teach-In: Food and Water Justice. The fourth annual teach-in was hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and Teaching for Change on September 12, 2020. The focus of the teach-in was Indigenous peoples' histories and experiences around food and water justice today.

Native Knowledge 360° In Your Classroom

July 23, 2020

Watch a demo of a NK360° digital lesson about Northern Plains History and Cultures and consider ways to implement elements of the lesson in the classroom. This webinar was day three of the 2020 NK360° Summer Webinar Series, Foundations for Teaching and Learning about Native Americans.

Building More Complete Narratives about Native Americans

July 22, 2020

Consider how the strategies students use to investigate primary and secondary sources can help to transform their understanding of Native Americans. This webinar was day two of the 2020 NK360° Summer Webinar Series, Foundations for Teaching and Learning about Native Americans.

Changing the Narrative about Native Americans

July 21, 2020

Learn about the history of problematic narratives about Native Americans, its impact on society, and why it matters today. This webinar was day one of the 2020 NK360° Summer Webinar Series, Foundations for Teaching and Learning about Native Americans.