Expedition Update: The educator is not able to travel with the team in 2023. Any research updates will be shared.

What Are They Doing?

Isumaqatingniq, the Inuktitut word for expressing, “thinking together” describes the process proposed for our educational collaborative to integrate knowledge frames of traditional Inuit knowledge and STEM. Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ), or Inuit knowledge literally translates in Inuktitut to mean “a way of knowing” and science are two ways of knowing the natural and physical world. Both have a useful, complimentary, and insightful methodology. Holders of IQ and scientists are learning to better understand the benefits of each knowledge frame, though seldom do they fully appreciate the discipline or practice of the other, and even less often do they actively integrate these two knowledge approaches. More importantly, future generations of children from Inuit and other First Nations groups rarely have a welcoming entre into scientific studies through their oral tradition of IQ. Similarly, students in countries adopting scientific study or STEM as part of their core curriculum, rarely get introduced to IQ or other knowledge perspectives until pursuing more advanced studies in social science. This study will bridge these systems of thought and knowledge models through educational settings, by establishing baseline content during workshops with Inuit and non-Inuit elders, hunters and experts representing both knowledge frames as they apply to the study and knowledge of the narwhal. Print and Video educational modules will be prepared as an educational adjunct for science courses directed initially for high school students and a joint presentation with representative students from each group during United Nations Indigenous Day, October 12th, 2020.

Where Are They?

Arctic Bay is an Inuit hamlet located in the northern part of the Borden Peninsula on Baffin Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada.

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Kakkiat Point, Arctic Bay, Nunavut, Canada
Project Funded Title
Isumaqatigingniq: Building an Educational Bridge of Inuit Knowledge and Science
Kathy Ho - Educator
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital School at Stanford

Kathy Ho is the high school teacher at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital School at Stanford, in Palo Alto, California. She is passionate about providing a stable and regular school experience to pediatric patients, and hopes to connect those in isolation with the outside world. As past-president of the Association for the Education of Children with Medical Needs and the organizer of the Network of California Hospital Schools, Kathy is an advocate for children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

Kathy works hard to create interdisciplinary units for her students and strives to bring a global perspective into her classroom whenever possible. Her curriculum includes lessons inspired by her time in the Arctic Svalbard as a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, and in India with the Fulbright-Hays program. Kathy has a commitment to science education, and helped start the LABScI Project to bring laboratory activities to non-traditional school settings. This led her to becoming a National Geographic Explorer, where her current focus is the Imagine Project, bringing the outside world into the classroom using VR technology to create ‘virtual’ field trips. Kathy is excited about this opportunity and looks forward to bringing more of the Arctic, and especially indigenous voices, back to her students.

Kathy attended UCLA where she earned her BA in English/American Studies then received her MA in Education from Stanford University, but she thinks of herself as a life-long learner. In her free time, she is a project leader for the community service non-profit Hands on Bay Area, volunteers at the Oakland Zoo, and coaches adult open gymnastics at Stanford.

Martin Nweeia - Researcher
Narwal Tusk Research

Martin Nweeia, a Connecticut dentist and a clinical instructor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, has been traveling to the Arctic for fourteen years to study narwhals, and, in particular, their tusks. He’s given some scientific talks about his research over the years and published some details in book chapters. But now he and a team of colleagues from Harvard, the Smithsonian, the University of Minnesota, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and elsewhere have published a detailed account of their studies on the narwhal tusk in the Anatomical Record.

Education, Knowledge, and the Narwhal Resources

There are currently no resources associated with this expedition.