Native people of the Americas have impacted the world in countless ways through their scientific discoveries and inventions. From foods to feats of engineering, students will discover the remarkable contributions that Indigenous people have given to the world. Through museum objects, museum educators will highlight two to three inventions from the Western Hemisphere.
- Learn about two to three significant Indigenous inventions from the Western Hemisphere.
- Understand Indigenous 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.
- Explore how Indigenous knowledge applies to contemporary global challenges.
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. Programs must be requested at least 7 days in advance. All program times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).
As part of the registration process, you will be asked to confirm your program theme. NMAI staff will review your program request and contact you to confirm whether your request can be accommodated.
We recommend scheduling a test call with us before your program. You will be able to request a test call on the registration form.
Questions? Contact Group Reservations at NMAI-NYeducators@si.edu.