Human ecology

Finding Fish in Lots of Water

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This NC Now Coastwatch segment documents how shifting currents near the shores of North Carolina's Cape Hatteras makes it one of the most unique fishing areas in the world, and how recreational and commerical fishers navigate it. It also addresses the marine electronics and technologies which aid the commercial fishing industry.

Boundaries and Borderlands | The Power of Place

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This half hour video, Boundaries and Borderlands, introduces the case study approach of the course. Here we examine the borderland region between North America and Latin America. A journey to Anapara and a Campestre near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and then across the Rio Grande to EI Paso, Texas, highlights concepts of geography that are central to the course: relative location, regions, scale, and the spatial perspective.

Strength to Overcome | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies about the geography of Sub-Saharan Africa. The first, South Africa: This Land is My Land, depicts the complex situation of post-apartheid policies and the many challenges to reduce poverty and foster political stability. The second case study, Kenya: Medical Geography, examines the concept of disease diffusion and the terrible pandemic of AIDS/HIV.

Risks and Benefits of Living Near a Volcano | Volcano on the Brink

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Learn how fluoride contamination of the drinking water due to volcanic activity leads to health problems for the population surrounding Mt. Nyamuragira in the Democratic Republic of Congo, while nutrients from lava create rich soil and productive farmland, in this video from NOVA: Volcano on the Brink. Use this resource to evaluate the hazards and benefits that living near this volcano has for the Congolese people in this region.

Apache Skateboarders: Straddling the Past and Present

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Come visit with the White Mountain Apache skate team, 4WheelWarPony, as they test their courage and explore their identity on the site of their ancestral homeland, in this media gallery from Away Games. Born and raised on the spectacular White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona, these Apache skaters ride through the same lands their ancestors once crossed on foot and horseback. Through skateboarding, Apache youth rediscover their proud tribal heritage, stay in shape, and find strength and direction.

Classroom Support Materials for this resource include Discussion Questions, an Activity, and a Background Essay. This resource is part of the Away Games collection.

East Looks West | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies set in Europe: Berlin: United We Stand and Poland: Diffusion of Democracy. This first case study features a French geographer whose work involves a reconnaissance of districts in the former East and West Berlin. Her research helps address questions about how and in what ways the dismantling of the Berlin Wall may lead to the integration of urban areas that formerly were spatially distinct. Poland: Diffusion of Democracy presents the difficulties facing Poland in its transition from communism to capitalism. This second case study shows how, under the new system, Poles are learning the nuances of discourse, compromise, and civic engagement.

Grand Tetons | Ken Burns: The National Parks

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Writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams talks about what the Grand Tetons mean to her. The memory of the National Parks and the tradition families have of going to them is strong and linked by many personal stories.

Egypt's Treasure Guardians | Chapters

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Learn about Egypt's "treasure guardians," a group of archaeologists, conservators, and engineers working to guard national heritage, following years of political upheaval, by building a museum. To preserve its rich history and to tempt visitors back, Egypt is building the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) - the greatest Egyptian monument since the pyramids! Archaeologists across the country are opening new dig sites to find artifacts for display, with the hope that teaching the public about important historical areas will keep those places protected in the future.

Cavemen to Kings: Full Episode | The Greeks

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Learn about the dawning of the first great European civilization: the ancient Greeks. Learn about the dawn of the Stone Age and powerful myths the Greeks used to explain their place in the world. Then follow along to learn about the ancient Greek seafarers of the Bronze Age, the Minoans and Mycenae who lived on Crete and beyond. Finally, discover their downfall, as the first age of the Greeks descended into darkness.

Education in Fiji

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Several students on the 2010 trip to Fiji wanted to focus on the children of Fiji. Undergraduate Anna McCown’s individual project was a study of education in Fiji. Anna noted cultural differences in the interactions between teachers and students. The primary focus of her project was the loss of indigenous knowledge due to the influences of western colonialism and the development of the educational system and curriculum in Fiji. Undergraduate Lindsay Whiteaker studied the Fijian child’s perspective, how they live, their ideas about food and social relationships. She gave children drawing assignments, and then interviewed them after completion of their drawings. Her group project was a study of Fijian music. Undergraduate Helena Corzan’s individual project was to discover cultural differences by asking children to take photographs of things they thought were beautiful, things they thought were ugly, as well as their friends, family, and their home. Her findings are surprising.

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