From foods to feats of engineering, Native people of the Americas have impacted the world in countless ways through their scientific discoveries and innovations. Students will discover two to three of these remarkable contributions.
- Learn about two to three Indigenous inventions.
- Understand Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
- Recognize that Native people's contributions are an integral part of society today.
3: People, Places, and Environments
For thousands of years, Indigenous people have studied, managed, honored, and thrived in their homelands. These foundations continue to influence American Indian relationships and interactions with the land today.
7: Production, Distribution, and Consumption
American Indians developed a variety of economic systems that reflected their cultures and managed their relationships with others. Prior to European arrival in the Americas, American Indians produced and traded goods and technologies using well-developed systems of trails and widespread transcontinental, intertribal trade routes. Today American Indian tribes and individuals are active in economic enterprises that involve production and distribution.
8: Science, Technology, and Society
American Indian knowledge resides in languages, cultural practices, and teachings that span many generations. This knowledge is based on long-term observation, experimentation, and experience with the living earth. Indigenous knowledge has sustained American Indian cultures for thousands of years. When applied to contemporary global challenges, Native knowledge contributes to dynamic and innovative solutions.
Use the calendar below to request a virtual field trip. Please note:
- All program times are in Eastern Time (ET).
- Programs must be requested at least 7 days in advance.
- Registration is now open for June virtual field trips. Virtual field trip slots are limited and available first come, first served.
Questions? Contact Group Reservations at NMAI-NYEducators@si.edu.