Indigenous people and the environment (fwd)

Thu, 15 Sep 1994 11:42:53 EDT

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E. Winters: Principal Program Facilitating and Consulting
Instructional Design * Interactivity * Cross - Cultural Communication

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Date: Sat, 10 Sep 1994 22:24:24 -0400
From: Rex Boggs <>
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Subject: Indigenous people and the environment

Please email: Rex Boggs ( Do not reply to
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Our year 9 Geography class consists of 17 very enthusiastic students,
aged 13 to 14. Early in October, they will be starting a unit on
Indigenous People and the Environment. The specific topic is: What
can indigenous people teach us about caring for our environment?

Each student must choose one indigenous group upon which their study
will be based. We have some information on the following groups:
Pygmies (Africa), San (Kalahari Desert), Inuit (Canada), Hopi (SW
US), Navajo (SW US), Chinook (NW US), Tlingit (NW US), Maya (Central
America), Arawak (Amazon), Kayapo (Amazon), Xingu (Amazon), Tukano
(Amazon), Wayana (Amazon), Karen (SE Asia), Fulani (Saraha), Maoris
(New Zealand) and the Maasai (Africa).

While the students' projects are not confined to these groups, we
would need some information about other cultures if the students are
to choose from outside of this list.

We are hoping to use the Net to find mentors or colleagues for these
students. More precisely....

Are there any experts in Cyberspace willing to act as a mentor to one
(or a small group) of our students?

Are there any students who are members of an indigenous population,
willing to share their knowledge and experiences on this topic with
our students?

Are there any teachers who would like their classes (or a few members
of their class) to become involved in this project? For example,
students from two or more schools could study the same group and
share the results of their research.

These possibilities are not mutually exclusive. For example, there
could be a team of three students and a mentor, all from different
countries, involved in the same study. Any correspondence would be
sent to all members of the group for comment.

Not all students or groups of students need to have the same Net link
as others. Some could be working jointly with other students, while
some may be corresponding with a mentor.

>From my own Net account, we have access to FTP and Gopher, and text-
based WWW. We can send and receive .UUE binary files.

The geography teacher and students all have an off-line Internet
email address. Mail is normally sent and received twice a day.

This project is due to start on Oct 3. The final report will be due
in early December.

If you can help, please write to the address below. Also, please
circulate this request to any person who you think may be interested
in being involved in this project.

Hoping to hear from some of you soon.


Please email: Rex Boggs ( Do not reply to
the newsgroup or mailing list.

Rex Boggs

Glenmore High School
Rockhampton, Queensland Australia