Indigenous Science

The Indigenous Science Program began at the same time Tapestry was founded and was, in fact, much of the impetus for its founding.  This program includes projects that were funded by four separate grants from the National Science Foundation. Tapestry founder Dawn Hill Adams, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is active in the American Indigenous Research Association and presents talks to various professional groups as part of fulfilling Tapestry’s mission in this area. While we have chosen to use the term “Indigenous Science” to include all Indigenous people from around the world, the term “Native Science” is also used to encompass the same concepts. Dawn is on the Bylaws Committee and is webmaster for the American Indigenous Research Association.

We conduct educational workshops, present public lectures and talks, and publish educational materials about science from an Indigenous perspective, the relationship between Western and Indigenous science, and the processes and principles of Indigenous science and how they can be applied to develop innovative programs of research and education.

dawn at lectern

Dawn making a keynote presentation at the American Indigenous Research Association meeting at Salish Kootenai College in 2013.

Current Projects. We are presently developing a series of workshops designed for Indigenous research graduate students, which will also be available to members of the public interested in learning Indigenist relationship to the Land and environment. To that end, Tapestry collaborated with SSITA, Student Storytellers Indigenizing the Academy, which is the graduate student group of the American Indigenous Research Association, to develop, run, and analyze a formative assessment of these students’ needs. An in-house report was prepared and is being used to guide workshop design.

Past Projects have included the “Stories from the Circle: Science and Native Wisdom” workshop in 2002, pre-production for an Indigenous Science film, the Digital Library of Indigenous Science Resources, and involvement with AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).