We engaged Navajo youth from Diné College and the Southwest Conservation Corps’ Ancestral Lands Program in learning about climate and the local environment through photography. The Navajo Nation has historically been plagued by prolonged drought, experiences little rainfall, and is subject to poor water quality. Climate change is expected to exacerbate future droughts and their impacts.
Through a set of compositions (photographs), participating students communicated their perspective on how climatic and environmental changes on their reservation affect their lives. These compositions were shared with the public in a gallery event in April 2015 at the University of Colorado Boulder campus and are included in a photo gallery below. In producing compositions, students built knowledge about their topic through interviews with tribal community members and CIRES/CU scientists.
The Tribe’s Eye project was funded by the University of Colorado Outreach office.
NOAA's Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research (OAR) EEO/Diversity Program provides funds for the exhibit to travel to the following locations in 2015/2016
American Indian Science & Engineering Society conference - Phoenix, AZ (November 19-21, 2015)
Dept. of Commerce - Washington, DC
Bureau of Indian Affairs - Washington, DC
NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory - Norman, OK