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Resiliency Among the Salmon People

Theme: 
Food, Natural Systems, Water
Grade: 
9, 10, 11, 12

Students watch a short film, "Yukon Kings," by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about the challenges facing Ray Waska, a Yupi’k fisherman, and his community as the fish stocks of Alaska’s Yukon Delta diminish. In this lesson, students learn about how the cultural traditions of Native Alaskans are linked with local ecosystems. Students debate the need to respect and protect tradition vs. accepting change. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. Concepts of comprehending and analyzing multimedia, structure and content of the media, identify and discuss related environmental themes in class discussions.

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