In this video, Indigenous dancers perform a social dance that shows the spawning rituals of fish as they swim upstream in the spring.
This dance was performed at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation at the Honor the Earth Pow Wow.
The video represents a connection between culture, art, and climate action.
The announcer at the beginning of the video explains the context of the dance.
Students should have some background knowledge on pow wows.
In art or dance classes, students could discuss how the dancers mimic the movement of fish as they swim upstream.
This video could be used as an introduction to a lesson on the life cycle of fish in a biology class.
In ethics or social studies classes, students could discuss the role that culture plays in society and how Indigenous cultures have been devalued and disrespected both historically and in modern times.
Science classes could discuss the question: what are the different threats to fish and how can we protect them?
Other resources on this topic include this PBS video about Indigenous communities fighting for climate action, this Khan Academy video on sustainability in fishing and agriculture, and this podcast episode on problems within the commercial fishing industry.
The resource shows the diversity of marine resources through the fish dance and the need to come together to protect and conserve marine resources including fish. This is recommended for teaching.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Geography
D2.Geo.5.6-8 Analyze the combinations of cultural and environmental characteristics that make places both similar to and different from other places.
D2.Geo.10.6-8 Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
D2.Geo.8.3-5 Explain how human settlements and movements relate to the locations and use of various natural resources.
D2.Geo.6.9-12 Evaluate the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
National Core Arts Standards
Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
VA:Re7.2.6a Analyze ways that visual components and cultural associations suggested by images influence ideas, emotions, and actions.