In a way, NASA's September Colloquium and Sigma Series speaker is doing what Native American scientists have done for untold generations -- passing down scientific knowledge through the oral tradition.
Scott Fraizer, a Santee/Crow Indian and executive director of Native Waters, will speak on "Traditional Native Scientists" to employees at NASA Langley Research Center on Sept. 7 and to the general public at the Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton, that evening at 7:30 p.m.
Native Waters is an outreach program that seeks to create contemporary, scientifically accurate and culturally sensitive water education resource programs and networking opportunities for tribal and non-tribal educators. In an earlier position with Native Waters, Frazier was challenged with blending Native cultural science with western academic science.
Frazier has lectured about these points of view nationally and internationally for 30 years. He will share his experience as a Native American whose family has been involved for generations with Indian health and education.
Media wishing to interview Frazier are invited to attend a news briefing at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 7. Reporters should contact Keith Henry at 864-6120 or 344-7211 by 10 a.m. for credentials and access to the Center. The talk will be presented in the NASA Langley H.J.Reid Auditorium, immediately following the briefing.
Among his many interests and activities, Frazier has worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a fire fighter, for Exxon Corporation as a process operator and pipe fitter, as an adobe worker, Native artist, hair designer and business owner. He has a degree in communications and Native studies from Montana State University. He is an award-winning Native American doll maker and has a piece in the Hampton University Museum.
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