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Resiliency Among the Salmon People

60 minutes
Primary subjects: 
9, 10, 11, 12
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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.

Key objectives for students
In this lesson, students watch a film about a Yup’ik fisherman in Alaska and discuss how cultural traditions are tied to local ecosystems.
Secondary subjects
Environmental Science
Anthropology, Modern World Studies, Sociology, Cultural anthropology, Effects of climate change, Power of tradition, Vanishing cultures, Wisdom of experience
Communication skills, Critical Thinking
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Mindfulness
Multi-Disciplinary, Real-World Application
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