Human ecology

Journalist Continues 'Out of Eden' Walk Around the World | PBS NewsHour

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Learn about a trip around the world to map human migration with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from May 1, 2016.

Environmental Catastrophe | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

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As the Great Depression sets in, farmers on the Great Plains begin to feel its effects. A combination of natural and man-made factors begins to turn the profitable farming land into a vast wasteland. The effect of these factors on individuals and families is documented.

Monongah Mine Disaster

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Examine the impact of the Monongah mine disaster on labor relations and laws in West Virginia.

Studying Bones at Silsila | Egypt's Treasure Guardians

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Watch as Egyptologist and bone expert Dr. Salimia Ikram helps John examine bone fragments inside a cave at Silsila. Bones alone can reveal the age, sex, and job of those buried inside of a tomb, so archaeologists rely on bone studies to understand past societies.

Reflections by the River: Expo '74 | A World's Fair in Spokane, Washington with an Environmental Theme

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The year was 1974. The US was in the thick of the Cold War, and President Richard Nixon welcomed the world to Spokane. KSPS’s Reflections by the River: Expo 74 looks at the vision, the people, and the monumental effort that turned a dream into a world-class reality. 

With these video segments and accompanying learning guide, students will use primary sources to study the development of the environmental movement in the 1970s and how Expo '74 achieved its environmental theme of "Celebrating Tomorrow’s Fresh New Environment."

Flood of 1985

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Examine the impact of widespread flooding in West Virginia in 1985.

Archaeology in Fiji

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Archaeology is the scientific study of the lives and activities of people of the past through the objects they left behind. Often these objects are in pieces and through the process of time have become buried in dirt. Archaeologists meticulously gather these objects and attempt to piece together how people of the past lived. In this video graduate student Mallory K. Messersmith talks about her masters project which was based on her work during the 2009 and 2010 Fiji expeditions. She is studying Fijian earth ovens and hearths as they have been utilized both in the past and present. She is also studying the way they are constructed in order to determine the difference between the lovo (earth oven) and hearth structures.

Hensley Settlement | Early America

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In this video segment from the KET series Kentucky Life, host Bryan Crawford visits the Hensley Settlement in the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. Park Ranger Matthew Graham guides Crawford on a tour of the Hensley Settlement while discussing the unique history of this pioneer community.

Iñupiaq Whale Hunt

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This video, adapted from material provided by the ECHO partners, shows a whale hunt with Native Iñupiaq hunters. The Iñupiaq people have been hunting whales for thousands of years, and many of their hunting methods and traditions continue to be passed down from generation to generation. On this expedition, the crew successfully kills a bowhead whale. The entire community joins together to bring in the whale, butcher and distribute it, and then celebrate the hunt.

Arctic Son: Should Oil Drilling Be Allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

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In this clip, Stan Sr. shows the process of hunting caribou, and explains why he feels it's important to preserve the calving grounds for future generations.

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