Living from the Land and Sea | PBS LearningMediaLearn about the cycle of seasons that guides the traditional Alaska Native subsistence way of life, in this video adapted from the Alaska Native Heritage Center focuses. As the seasons change and the available resources change, so do Alaska Native peoples' hunting and gathering activities. Recognizing the interdependence of life in nature, Alaska Native groups have respect for the land, sea, and animals. They also demonstrate respect for the Elders living among them. The integration of technology, including snowmobiles and GPS, into their subsistence activities demonstrates a blending of tradition and modern ways.
In this NASA-supported unit developed by the Chicago Botanical Garden, students learn that climate change impacts people differently and that there are economic, social, cultural, and political factors that influence each individual's beliefs about and decisions related to climate change. They then consider how their own choices can impact climate. Specifically they consider the energy requirements and environmental impacts of their food choices. The final lessons focuses on positive steps students can take to reduce their ecological footprint.
The Spirit of Subsistence Living | PBS LearningMediaIn this video adapted from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, visit the Cup'ik people of Chevak, Alaska, to learn about the interconnectedness of nature and their subsistence lifestyle. Listen to an elder speak about the importance of sharing experiences. Learn about the holistic view that everything in nature is connected by spirit, and observe as John Pingayak and the Alaska native people of Chevak teach visitors to the village how to harvest from the environment: how to collect driftwood, dig for clams, set nets for salmon, and use grass as insulation.