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About The Cosmic Serpent Project

Cosmic Serpent Carving by Delbridge Honanie (Hopi)
Artist Delbridge Honanie, photo courtesy of Arizona State Museum, photographer Jannelle Weakly

Cosmic Serpent explored commonalities between western and native science, taking into account that native cultures have, over millennia, developed ways of knowing that are highly adapted, interconnected, and enduring. Each knowledge system informed the practice of science and its role in society in a fundamental way, and the commonalities provided a framework for developing mutually inclusive learning experiences in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The project recognized previous work that attempted to integrate both systems. Our innovative and collaborative approach explored commonalities between the two systems in the context of informal science education.