A special presentation on February 25th at 12:30 PM. Diana Mahar, a fifth-grade teacher at Sipayik Elementary School, and Denise Altvater (Passamaquoddy Cultural Knowledge Keeper [CKK]) will be sharing cultural beliefs about water and reviewing the history of the Passamaquoddy Tribe's access to safe, clean drinking water at Sipayik. Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) is supporting this effort to bring Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) to Maine Indian Education's students.
Ms. Mahar's class is beginning a unit on water after the February break. Denise Altvater (Passamaquoddy Cultural Knowledge Keeper [CKK]) will be sharing cultural knowledge at the beginning of the unit and will rejoin the class in approximately four weeks.
During the second visit, Dr. Kathy Vandiver of MIT will be sharing her knowledge of and experiences with water and her work with the Passamaquoddy Environmental Department in addressing the challenges with clean, safe water at Sipayik. Dr. Vandiver will offer a western view of science, and Denise Altvater (Passamaquoddy Cultural Knowledge Keeper [CKK]) will provide a cultural view.