Viewing and Discussion of A Record of Change: Science and Elder Observation on the Navajo Nation

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 5:00pm
Location: 

Wolverine Publik House: Fort Collins, Colorado.

Movie cover picture: A Record of Change

Join us for a viewing of "A Record of Change: Science and Elder Observation on the Navajo Nation" followed by a discussion led by:

  • John D. Weiner, Ph.D., Research Associate, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado
  • Shannon McNeeley, Ph.D., Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Colorado State University
  • Dominique M. David-Chavez, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University

A Record of Change—Science and Elder Observations on the Navajo Nation is a 25-minute documentary about collaborative studies using conventional physical sciences, combined with tribal elder observations to show that local knowledge and conventional science partnerships can effectively document ecosystem change and determine the resulting challenges to livelihoods.

Sparse historic data on tribal lands make the assessment of changes to ecosystem services difficult. This video reveals how a team of scientists, anthropologists, and translators combined the rich local knowledge of Navajo elders with recent scientific investigations to effectively document environmental change, and find ways to adapt. Increasing aridity and declining snowfall in this poorly monitored region of the Southwest are accompanied by declining river flow and migrating sand dunes. The observations of Navajo elders verify and supplement this record of change by informing how shifting weather patterns are reflected in Navajo cultural practices and living conditions

Contacts: 
ISESS Communication Team, isess@usgs.gov