In this fourth webinar of the Native Universe: Indigenous Voice in Science Centers series, participants will hear the “story” of one of three series of intensive long-term residencies at one of the “Case Studies” museums (Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum). Native Universe project investigators worked with museum staff and volunteers, indigenous communities, and informal learning researchers to understand how cultural perspectives impact science learning about environmental change. Participants will hear from Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum staff about the journey through the different activities that were a part of this residency, both for staff as well as for museum visitors, and the impacts of the residency. Participants will become aware of staff perspectives on the extent to which it was possible to transform institutional culture and museum learning opportunities to incorporate indigenous voice in a deep and sustained way. Participants will come away with an awareness of the Native Universe project, how Indigenous and scientific cultures and views can be shared with integrity within a science center, and how this impacts the local Indigenous communities’ involvement in a science center.
Native Universe (NU) is a National Science Foundation-funded, four-year project to build science museums’ accessibility and relevance to diverse audiences, with a specific focus on local Native American communities. NU is led by the Indigenous Education Institute, co-led by Multiverse at the University of California, Berkeley and `Imiloa at the University of Hawai`i, Hilo, in partnership with ASTC. In the webinar series, the Native Universe team will take participants through a virtual storytelling event so they can reflect on their learning journey as part of the Native Universe project.