An Indigenous community member must be invited into the learning space to deliver beadwork teachings.
- Teacher introduces students to the two-row wampum and how it can be used as a metaphor for using Indigenous land-based knowledge and Western science together. The two-row wampum is an agreement reached between the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch. Note that Indigenous community members should be present when presenting wampum belt teachings to students found in Wampum Infographic.pdf.
- After receiving beadwork teachings from a Haudenosaunee community member students create a personalized design to create “wampum inspired beadwork”. Students can design using math manipulatives, computer, graph paper, and/or digital bead loom. See instructions in Wampum Inspired Art Activity.pdf. The purpose is not for students to recreate Indigenous beadwork but for students to create a design cohesive with their own culture, positionality, and beliefs.
- While beading, students can brainstorm different global challenges that humanity could better address by drawing on both Western science and Indigenous land-based knowledge systems ie: conservation and species preservation etc.