Parallel Perspectives

Carol Ellick with student

Parallel Perspectives, a program developed by Ms. Ellick, provides a process for understanding the past that involves Indigenous community Elders, archaeologists or anthropologists, teachers, and children. Parallel Perspectives provides a process for meshing science and tradition.

Parallel Perspectives uses field experiences and hands-on learning intermingled with interactions with Elders and traditional holders of knowledge to provide students with diverse topics and ideas relating to archaeology and cultural history.

Marsh Station Students performing an outdoor activity

Through Parallel Perspectives, children analyze, compare, and contrast information to develop a personal perspective that recognizes and values alternative explanations. Students gain insights based on traditional perspectives, linking them more strongly with their own cultural heritage. Using Parallel Perspectives, teachers find exciting new ways to teach state mandated educational requirements in mathematics, social studies, and science, and help students connect with their heritage.

Products and classroom presentations illustrating the use of Parallel Perspectives include:

  • Tying the Past Together: Relating Past and Present Cultures through Cordage [more information]


Students indoors in class activity Group shot of Marsh Station students

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Ellick with group in New Zealand, uses a sharpened mussel shell to strip fiber from native Flax Ellick and Watkins with Ainu dance performers, Japan