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Navajo Elders' Observations on Climate Change

WGBH, Teachers' Domain

In this video segment, adapted from Navajo Technical College, two Navajo Elders speak about climate change and differences in the environment that they have observed.

Video length 2:41 min.

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Teaching Tips

  • As part of a unit on climate change, students could research observations by indigenous people from varied locations.

About the Science

  • The two Navajo Elders' observations include changes in the rainy season, more violent storms, and changes in the characteristics of both wind and snow. They describe the disappearance of some plants and express concern about how changes in climate are negatively affecting people and animals.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

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  • A Background essay and discussion questions are provided.

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  • Grainy when viewed online in fullscreen. Best to download and watch on laptops.

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