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Reviews & Screenings of Navajo Math Circles

The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, screened Navajo Math Circles on September 14 as part of the Scene and Heard Film Series. Following the film, Arizona State University faculty lecturer Michael Little Crow (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe-Cree) led a discussion on the connection between mathematical and cultural concepts of weaving textiles. Matthias Kawski, ASU mathematics professor, and Charmayne Seaton (Diné), a junior at ASU, who are both featured in the film, were present for the screening.

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Michael Begay attended several math circle programs at his high school before attending the Math Camp at Diné College.
Photo by George Csicsery (provided by Vision Maker Media)

Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world. The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles, which originated in Eastern Europe and has proliferated across the United States. This notion of student-centered learning puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction, with potentially long-lasting results. Navajo Math Circles, a one-hour film, documents this process over a two year period. Read More...

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