A Film by George Paul Csicsery

Reviews & Upcoming Screenings of Navajo Math Circles

Navajo Math Circles will screen as part of the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center Indigenous Film Festival on May 19 at 10:30 a.m.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, with participants including mathematician Matt Roscoe of the Department of Mathematical Sciences of the University of Montana, who will appear in person, and Navajo Math Circles professor, Dr. Henry Fowler, who will join via Skype.

The screening and discussion will take place at the Missoula Children’s Theatre, 200 N. Adams Street, Missoula, MT 59802. Admission is $5 a day or bring canned goods to donate to the Food Bank. (Link to the entire festival schedule here.)

Read more at News & Screenings, or check out some reviews of the film.

Michael Begay attended several math circle programs at his high school before attending the Math Camp at Diné College.
Photo by George Csicsery (provided by Vision Maker Media)

Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world. The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles, which originated in Eastern Europe and has proliferated across the United States. This notion of student-centered learning puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction, with potentially long-lasting results. Navajo Math Circles, a one-hour film, documents this process over a two year period. Read More...

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