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TEDx, Lyla June


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, History, English Language Arts

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  • This TEDx Talk by Lyla June, an Indigenous Diné musician, scholar, and cultural historian, outlines four timeless land management techniques designed to help humans give back to nature instead of continually depleting it.
  • The four Indigenous land management techniques include aligning ourselves with the forces of nature, intentional habitat expansion, creating non-humancentric systems, and designing for perpetuity.
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  • The speaker provides detailed examples for each of the four strategies, as well as illustrative narratives and guidelines for implementation.
  • There is a call to action for all listeners, and students will feel empowered to help create a better planet.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is an ad before the video begins and also in the middle of the presentation.
  • There are subtitles available in several languages.
  • Teachers and students must have access to YouTube.
  • Vocabulary is rigorous, so teachers may wish to provide a definition list.


  • Toward the end of the talk, the speaker expands the view from working with the land to healing the history of this nation, so History teachers can use the video as an introduction to a unit on Indigenous people and their contributions to our land.
  • English teachers can connect the TEDx Talk to poems and personal narratives of Indigenous people, then have students research the Indigenous people of their locality.
  • Art teachers can use the TEDx Talk as a basis for a variety of art projects honoring the Indigenous people of this land.
  • Teachers can connect this talk with a lesson about climate change since the speaker touches on how humans can work with nature to solve climate issues.
Scientist Notes
In this TEDx Talk, an Indigenous Diné woman discusses how humans can work together with nature to solve climate problems and care for the environment. The talk reframes the idea that the Earth doesn't need humans and discusses how we can work together with the Earth to help it and ourselves thrive. The discussion is accurate and this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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