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Culture and Climate Change in the Arctic

In this video, archaeologist Dr. Bill Fitzhugh shares how people in the Arctic have coped with extreme conditions for thousands of years.


Meet Dr. Bill Fitzhugh, an archaeologist at the National Museum of Natural History. When you think of the Arctic, do you envision an icebound, isolated place? Find out what the Arctic is really like and how people have coped with its unique conditions for thousands of years. Take a journey back to about 6,000 years ago when the first people lived in Labrador, Canada. See how they responded to changing climate over time. Join Bill in reflecting on how future changes may affect Arctic people. This show aired November 5, 2015.



National Middle School Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Life Science


Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-4Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.


People, Places and Environments

  • Elaborate mental maps of locales, regions, and the world that demonstrate understanding of relative location, direction, size, and shape
  • Propose, compare, and evaluate alternative uses of land and resources in communities, regions, nations, and the world
  • Describe physical system changes such as seasons, climate and weather, and the water cycle and identify geographic patterns associated with them
  • Observe and speculate about social and economic effects of environmental changes and crises resulting from phenomena such as floods, storms, and drought


  • Compare similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures meet human needs and concerns
  • Examine, interpret, and analyze physical and cultural patterns and their interactions, such as land use, settlement patterns, cultural transmission of customs and ideas, and ecosystem changes

Cultural Diversity and Global Connections

  • Explain and give examples of how language, literature, the arts, architecture, other artifacts, traditions beliefs, values, and behaviors contribute to the development and transmission of culture

Time, Continuity, and Change

  • Identify and use processes important to reconstruction and reinterpreting the past, such as using a variety of sources, providing validating, and weighing evidence for claims, checking credibility of sources, and searching for causality

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

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