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Math (Episode 11): Coyote's Crazy Smart Science Show (Season 1)

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This title is a part of the series Coyote's Crazy Smart Science Show (Season 1)

Catalogue Number:  AS0011
Producer:  Animiki See Distribution Inc.
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Peoples, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  3 - 5, 6 - 8
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2017
Running Time:  22:01

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Actor Nathaniel Arcand tells us math was used by Indigenous people for thousands of years.  They counted inventories and measured shapes for buildings, lodges and temples. They added, subtracted, multiplied, and divided and some had symbols for fractions.

Artist Shain Jackson shows us geometric shapes that are used in indigenous art or to make structures stable and designing houses. Circles are important in Coast Salish art, and 4 is a sacred number representing the four seasons, four stages of life and the four directions. 

The first indigenous person to work with NASA was Cherokee Mary G. Ross. She was hired by the Lockheed Martin Corporation to work on solving air pressure problems and she later became the world’s first indigenous engineer, working on space projects.
Kai shows us amazing numbers and manoeuvres with Rubik's cubes. 

Ontario Métis, Dr. Shawn Desaulniers, says math helps us to understand how things work. Indigenous ancestors used geometry in art and engineered structures; tipis are the perfect shape for their purpose, and igloos and canoes are remarkable structures. Mathematicians learn from their mistakes, and algorithms are important in our lives, from food recipes to computer programs.
Chickasaw Nation astronaut, John Herrington, shows us examples of math in nature; we see the Fibonacci sequence in the spirals of sunflower seed heads and shells, and the spiral is an old symbol in most indigenous cultures.

COYOTE’S CRAZY SMART SCIENCE SHOW (Coyote Science) is a fun, educational science series designed for elementary students. Drawing on wisdom from pioneers in Indigenous education, including Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Amethyst First Rider, and Dr. Lorna Williams, Coyote Science bridges the worlds of Indigenous and Western science, teaching kids scientific concepts through discussions with Indigenous scientists, storytelling, animation, music, and experiments.

BIO: Created by Loretta Todd, a Métis–Cree filmmaker who was one of the first Indigenous women to pursue film studies at Simon Fraser University in BC. Loretta is an amateur science geek who always wanted to inspire Indigenous children and youth to learn more about science, especially Indigenous science. Using her creative skills as a creative, L. S. Todd is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker known for powerful, visual storytelling and cultural leadership.

Best Overall Sound in a Youth or Children's Program or Series – LEO AWARDS

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