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A Subsistence Culture Impacted by Climate Change
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ean08.sci.life.eco.athabaskan/

Arctic Athabaskan Council, Teachers' Domain

A short video on how changing climate is impacting the ecosystem and thereby impacting traditional lifestyles of the Athabaskan people of Alaska.

Video length 2:59 min.

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ngssSee how this Video supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 5 Disciplinary Core Ideas

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Teaching Tips

  • Background essay on the Athabascan people and discussion questions are provided on the PBS LearningMedia site.

About the Science

  • Observations from scientific studies and native people of the Arctic on how changing climate is affecting their lives and the ecosystem they depend on for sustenance.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    I think the background essay is great and has significant science. The video is interesting, but doesn't match the essay.
    - the background essay clearly states the reason why salmon are migrating and the effects on the native people and other native animals in the Alaska/Yukon area
    Notes:
    - the video does not mirror what is told in the background essay
    - the video talks about other animals moving north and invasive species but only briefly about the salmon, without much of the science presented in the background essay
    - This national standard is not addressed, although it says it is: 4B/M11a ( Grades: 6-8 ): The wasteful or unnecessary use of natural resources can limit their availability for other purposes. Restoring depleted soil, forests, or fishing grounds can be difficult and costly.

About the Pedagogy

  • Short introduction of how changing climate is impacting the subsistence culture of the Athabaskan people living in the Arctic.
  • Concrete example of the effects of climate change rather than in the abstract.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Easy to download or watch online.

Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEAN

Short video was adapted from "Through Arctic Eyes" by Arctic Athabaskan Council, which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-eghbcw_GQ

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