Squamish Lil’wat Mathematics and Culture E-book

Squamish Lil’wat Mathematics and Culture E-book

Developed for the Northwest Mathematics Conference, Whistler, 2009 by Kanwal Singh Neel and John Pusic. This booklet contains resources designed to assist teachers and students to explore mathematics and culture through the lens of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations.

Included are themes such as:
Cultural / Eco-Tourism
Paintings and Petroglyphs
Weaving Blankets.
Designing and Building a Canoe
Carving Totem Poles
Weavers at Work
Drums and Drumming
Making Masks
Lil’Wat Pit House
Squamish Longhouse

Each theme is connected to BIG IDEAS in Mathematics and questions are provided to promote mathematical conversations. Additionally, space is provided for notes and reflections.


PDF File Size: 1.36 MB (1,431,011 bytes)
PDF Page Count: 27

Source: http://slcc.ca/learn/classroom-resources/


FNIGC Data Online | FNIGC

FNIGC Data Online | The First Nations Information Governance Centre.

FNIGC Data Online is a new online service from the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC), Canada’s premier source of information about First Nations people living on reserve and in northern communities. This new application will provide unprecedented access to FNIGC’s published data in the form of charts, tables and graphs that can be exported for use in presentations, reports and academic papers, beginning with the First Nations Regional Health Survey. In the weeks and months ahead FNIGC will populate Data Online with more data from RHS Phase 2, and RHS Phase 1.

All data produced are aggregated nationally and weighted to represent First Nations communities across Canada.

Source: FNIGC Data Online.

Math Catcher: Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling

Small Number and the Skateboard Park from The IRMACS Centre on Vimeo.

Website: http://mathcatcher.irmacs.sfu.ca/node

About: The Math Catcher: Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling project includes the creation of a series of short animated films that accompany picture books, as well as the development of related activities that introduce math topics and techniques through stories that follow Aboriginal storytelling formats and contain elements of Aboriginal traditions and cultures.

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Aboriginal Perspectives – Video Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

Make cultural connections in your classroom! Videos, power point presentations and activities!

Teaching Ideas Curriculum Connections
Tipi raising with Tim Haywahe K-8: Science, Mathematics, Social Studies and Language Arts

Tipi raising with Elder Glen Anaquod
K-8: Science, Mathematics, Social Studies and Language Arts

Cassandra Opikokew Journalist
Arts Education, Career Guidance, Mathematics and Native Studies

Birch bark biting with Rosella Carney
Mathematics and Sciences
Tara Littlechief Nurse Arts Education, Mathematics and Social Studies

Kelly Quewezance Social Worker
Mathematics and Social Studies
Dr. Alika Lafontaine Physician Arts Education, Mathematics and Social Studies

Source: Aboriginal Perspectives: faculty and students at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Aboriginal Perspectives – Mathematics Workshop/Units (grade 4 & 6)

Aboriginal Perspectives Mathematics Themes
Grade Level: grade 4 and 6
Description: This site is maintained by faculty and students at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, from the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Science and the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program program.
It became an internet site in September, 2009.
Grade Four Mathematics Workshop Themes
1. Red River Cart – Fractions (4 lesson plans)
2. Beads – Numeration, Patterns and Relations, Multiplication, Division (5 lesson plans)
3. Fur Trade – Sums Differences, Decimals, Statistics and Probability (3 lesson plans)
4. Metis Sash -Weaving, Shape and Space (2 lesson plans)
5. Star Quilt – Decimals and Fractions and Patterns (2 lesson plans)
6. Birch Bark Biting – Symmetry (1 lesson plan)
7. Games – Bar Graphs, Prediction (2 lesson plans)
8. Parfleche -Statistics, Area, Symmetry, prisms (3 lesson plans)

Grade Six Mathematics Lesson Plans
1. Percentages and Beads
2. Stick Pull Game
3. Jordin Tootoo – Comparing Integers
4. Jordin Tootoo – Ordering Integers
5. Quipu

Patterns & Relationships
1. Fur Trade – Graphing Data
2. Fur Trade – Developing an Expression
3. Jingle Dress – Ordering the Jingles
4. Jingle Dress – Designing the Dress

Shape & Space
1. Angles
2. Flags
3. Polygons and Quills

Statistics & Probability
1. Dropsticks
2. Plumb Stones

Also check out their GAMES with Aboriginal Origins

Mathematics- Seminole Patchwork (reflection, rotation, translation, and glide reflection)

Title: Seminole Patchwork

Subject: Mathematics
Grade Level: Elementary/Secondary
Topic: reflection, rotation, translation, and glide reflection
Website: http://www.austincc.edu/hannigan/Presentations/NSFMar1398/SPTopics.html#Math
Description: A Web site which applies the concepts to Seminole patchwork. It is a model that might be translated for some beadwork patterns too.

Summary: (from website) Mathematicians have teamed up with archaeologists and anthropologists to investigate patterns and designs from around the world. By dividing the patterns into groups, these scientists can study the patterns unique to a culture and gain insight into a group’s cultural identity and whether nearby groups influenced each other’s work. They have found that people from very early times used highly sophisticated symmetry. Clearly mathematics did not begin in Greece in 500 BC. The Egyptians used patterns with complicated symmetries a thousand years earlier, and people all over the world could recognize the symmetries their own culture accepted, and those they did not.

The study of crystals led to most of the mathematical information we have on the symmetry of repeated patterns. In 1891, E.S. Federov completed a list of the 230 three-dimensional repeated patterns. In 1944, Edith Muller first used the 17 classes of two-dimensional repeated patterns in an analysis of material culture when she studied the Islamic art of the Alhambra in Spain. Through her pioneering work in 1944, she identified 11 of the 17 classes, and it was not until 1987 that mathematicians were able to document all 17 in the incredibly beautiful artistry achieved by the builders of the Alhambra. In 1948, Ann O. Shepard used symmetry analysis in the study of designs from the American Southwest, the Anasazi, Mimbres, and Rio Grande Pueblos. This important work is only now being fully appreciated.

Mathematicians, cognitive scientists, and anthropologists are working together to unravel the mysteries of the patterns. This study of symmetries from around the world may be able to provide us with a deeper understanding and appreciation of our human heritage.- Kay Gilliland, EQUALS

Art-based curriculum (K-8)

The lessons in this resource guide exhibit only a few ways art, culture, and Ojibwe ideas can be integrated into K-8 classrooms. The lessons have been written, taught, and critiqued by elementary teachers of many cultures, including American Indians. They offer a starting point for teachers of any community to begin the important work of art and culture integration. Link

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