This is the summary of a presentation given at the 74th Annual NCTM Meeting, 25-28 April 1996, San Diego, CA.
Native Americans in the recent past have been viewed by many as unsophisticated, heathen peoples. It is important that our students, especially Hispanic and minority students, become aware of and appreciate the cultural and scientific achievement of the people who inhabited the "New World" before the "Age of Discovery." In fact, the NCTM Standards lists in its very first goal, "Learning to Value Mathematics:" Students should have numerous and varied experiences related to the cultural, historical and evolution of mathematics...This presentation will look at the advanced lunar and solar calendar of the Anasazi, the highly developed numeration system of the Myans (having a concept of zero earlier than other numeration systems) and the numerical codes of the Inca quipu. A handout with related materials is included with the presentation.
Karen Dee Michalowicz (The Langley School, McLean, VA)
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