Physics in Action: Inuit Snow Goggles
Have you ever wondered who invented the first sunglasses? Indigenous Arctic peoples invented snow goggles thousands of years ago to protect their eyes from the harsh ultraviolet light reflected by the ice and snow. In this interactive program, students will learn that snow goggles are the predecessor to the modern-day sunglasses we use today.
- Discuss the physics, functionality, effectiveness, and solutions of snow goggles by Inuit peoples.
- Learn and understand Inuit culture and environment.
2: Time, Continuity, and Change
Indigenous people of the Americas shaped life in the Western Hemisphere for millennia. After contact, American Indians and the events involving them greatly influenced the histories of the European colonies and the modern nations of North, Central, and South America. Today, this influence continues to play significant roles in many aspects of political, legal, cultural, environmental, and economic issues. To understand the history and cultures of the Americas requires understanding American Indian history from Indian perspectives.
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.
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.
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