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Shows on the web  |  February  2016

Math in Cultural Context:
Potential contribution of indigenous knowledge to teaching and learning mathematics
 
From 2012-2015, the Foundation for Siberian Cultures participated in a research project with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, funded by the National Science Foundation. In collaboration with local Koryak and Even experts in Kamchatka, Erich Kasten documented and analyzed indigenous mathematical knowledge that is embedded and encoded in everyday activities. Other teams worked on this theme with the Yup'ik (Alaska), the Inuit in Greenland, and in Yap (Micronesia).

At workshops in Sisimiut (Greenland), Fairbanks (Alaska), and Fuerstenberg/Havel (Germany), indigenous experts demonstrated their craftsmanship. Their techniques were compared to bring out common mathematical concepts that they might entail. Toward the end of the final workshop at the Foundation for Siberian Cultures, there was a vivid cultural exchange that centered on song and dance traditions that occupy a prominent place among those peoples.

Initial results relating to Kamchatka have been summarized in an article by Erich Kasten. Also provided are learning tools for sustaining those handicrafts that contain particular mathematical knowledge of these peoples.  » more

Documenting indigenous mathematical knowledge
Nymylan und Chavchuven Koryak
Lesnaya, Palana

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Documenting indigenous mathematical knowledge
Aliutor Koryak and Chukchi
Achaivaiam, Tilichiki


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Documenting indigenous mathematical knowledge
Evens
Esso


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Indigenous mathematical knowledge
Workshop
Fuerstenberg/Havel

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Indigenous mathematical knowledge
Workshop
Songs and Dances of the peoples of the North
Fuerstenberg/Havel

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