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3/4/2019 at 3:31:19 PM GMT
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NASA and Navajo Nation Partner in Understanding the Universe

By Meghan Bartels ––

“When you pick out the stars that make up the Big Dipper, do you see a cluster of glowing balls of plasma or a pattern of gemstones carefully arranged by holy figures? For students in the Navajo Nation, the answer may well be both.

That's because of a 14-year-long partnership between NASA and the Navajo Nation that helps teachers present cultural and scientific knowledge on an equal footing. Leaders of that partnership are busy developing their third set of educational activities, which will explore how the universe began. That collection follows two previous booklets and complementary teacher workshops, as well as a summer camp, all of which draw parallels between Navajo and scientific understandings of Earth and the world around us.

‘[The Navajo people's] cultural, traditional ways of knowing are inherently scientific … that's a really big message,’ Daniella Scalice, a non-native co-founder of the partnership and the education and communications lead at the NASA Astrobiology Program, told ‘There is no difference between traditional cultural ways of generating knowledge and the ones that science uses.’


To continue reading, visit the full article on Space’s website.

Bartels, Meghan. “NASA and Navajo Nation Partner in Understanding the Universe.” Space. (February 25, 2019). < >



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