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1. Africa Counts: Number and Pattern and African Culture (external link)
Abstract: This fascinating study of mathematical thinking among Saharan African peoples covers counting in words and in gestures; measuring time, distance, weight, and other quantities; number systems; patterns in music, poetry, art, and architecture; number magic and taboos, and much more. African games such as mankala and elaborate versions of tic-tac-toe show how complex this thinking can be. An invaluable resource for those interested in African cultures and multiculturalism, this third edition includes an introduction covering two decades of new research in the ethnomathematics of Africa.
Resource Type: Book

2. African Fractals: Modern Computing and Indigenous Design (external link)
Abstract: Drawing on interviews with African designers, artists, and scientists, Ron Eglash investigates fractals in African architecture, traditional hairstyling, textiles, sculpture, painting, carving, metalwork, religion, games, practical craft, quantitative technologies, and symbolic systems. He also examines the political and social implications of the existence of African fractal geometry. His book makes a unique contribution to the study of mathematics, African culture, anthropology, and computer simulations.
Resource Type: Book

3. Attempting to Connect Anti-Capitalist Work with Mathematics Education: (external link)
Abstract: Pinochet’s regime measured malnutrition in relation to a person’s weight and height, in contrast to the usual comparison of weight and age. This talk will explore the connections between understanding the outrageousness of collecting such statistics, and acting to change the outrageousness of such situations
Resource Type: Article

4. Bringing the World into the Math Class (external link)
Abstract: The Multicultural Math Classroom inspires cooperation, creativity, and critical thinking. This book is filled with many quality teaching ideas that will help teachers add new multicultural dimensions to their mathematics teaching.
Resource Type: Book

5. Culturally Relevant Mathematics Teaching in a Mexican American Context (internal link)
Abstract: This article examines mathematics instruction and its intersection with culturally relevant teaching in an elementary school in a Mexican American community. Based on a collaborative study, the paper proposes a three-part model for culturally relevant instruction.
Resource Type: Article

6. Culturally Situated Design Tools - African Fractals, Cornrows, Graffiti, Pyramids, Latin Percussion (external link)
Abstract: Nearly a dozen online software programs that help students learn standards-based mathematics as well as learn about different cultures and arts, including Latino percussion, graffiti, African-American cornrows, Navajo rug weaving, etc.
Resource Type: Website

7. Description of Ethnomathematics (external link)
Abstract: Brief overview of Ethnomathematics, and links to useful websites
Resource Type: Website

8. Ethnomathematics Digital Library (external link)
Abstract: With close to 700 items in their collection and a search engine, this site contains a great deal of useful information about ethnomathematics including definitions and history, lesson plans, and discussions.
Resource Type: Website

9. Ethnomathematics Websites (external link)
Abstract: Links to a variety of websites, many of which deal with multicultural mathematics theory and ethnomathematics.
Resource Type: Website

10. Ethnomathematics. A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas (external link)
Abstract: The primary cultures investigated are the Inuit, Navajo, and Iroquois of North America; the Incas, the Malejula, Warlpiri, Maori, and Caroline Islanders of the Pacific; and the Tshokwe, Bushoong, and Kpelle of Africa. Since the vast majority of potential readers have never heard of most of these cultures, reading the book has value as a simple exercise in horizon expanding. In all cases the level of mathematics is not deep, but some exposure to the particular concept is essential.
Resource Type: Book

11. Ethnomathematics: Challenging Eurocentrism in Mathematics Education (external link)
Abstract: his collection brings together classic, previously-published articles and new research to present the emerging field of ethnomathematics from a critical perspective, challenging particular ways in which Eurocentrism permeates mathematics education. The book offers a diversity of ethnomathematics perspectives that develop both theoretical and practical issues from various disciplines including mathematics, mathematics education, history, anthropology, cognitive psychology, feminist studies, and African studies written by authors from Brazil, England, Australia, Mozambique, Palestine, Belgium, and the United States.
Resource Type: Book

12. International Study Group on Ethnomathematics (external link)
Abstract: The main website for the ISGE. It contains links to local/national chapters as well as position papers and other information about Ethnomathematics.
Resource Type: Website

13. Islamic Art and Geometric Design (external link)
Abstract: From the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit on Islamic art, this teaching tool helps students learn about tiling, patterns and tesselations, and contains useful diagrams and explanations for how to teach these concepts and create similar projects in your classroom.
Resource Type: Curriculum

14. Math Adventures: Amazing Activities to Explore Multicultural Roots (external link)
Abstract: This book describes various multicultural math activities that can be used to supplement other projects and units, or to stand alone as a series of fun and socially aware activities.
Resource Type: Book

15. Math and Art (external link)
Abstract: This 8-part unit explores the overlap between mathematics and art. Math topics include: geometry, symmetry, patterns, etc.
Resource Type: Curriculum

16. Math and Science Across Cultures: Activities and Investigations from the Exploratorium (external link)
Abstract: Too often, the study of science, math, and technology is limited to the major successes of the Western world. Yet people all over the world have observed and explored nature and developed technologies to help them in their everyday lives. This book is designed to help teachers, parents, and youth-group leaders use hands-on activities to explore the math and science of different cultural traditions, and to make these subjects more relevant and approachable for children of all backgrounds.
Resource Type: Book

17. Mathematics in Art and Architecture (external link)
Abstract: This website contains information on many different forms of art and architecture that have some mathematical component to them. These include: Pyramids, the Golden Ratio, Kaleidescopes, Tesselations, Music, Tiling, and more.
Resource Type: Website

18. Mathematics of the Incas (external link)
Abstract: Unique, thought-provoking study discusses quipu, an accounting system employing knotted, colored cords, used by Incas to transmit information. Cultural context, mathematics involved, quipu-maker in Inca society—even how to make a quipu. Fascinating for anthropologists, ethnologists, students, general readers. Over 125 photos and illustrations.
Resource Type: Book

19. Mayan Mathematics (internal link)
Abstract: These lessons introduce students to mayan mathematics. Activities include comparing our counting system to the Mayan system, writing numbers with the Mayan representations, and learning how to do computations using Mayan symbols.
Resource Type: Curriculum

20. Mayan Mathematics and Architecture (external link)
Abstract: Developed by the Denver public schools, this unit explores tha Mayan numerical system, and both compares/contrasts it with other ancient numerical systems. Students also measure and calculate the area, volume and perimeter of Mayan temples, create 3D projects, and work with computers.
Resource Type: Curriculum

21. More Math Games and Activities from Around the World (external link)
Abstract: Presents games and other activities from different countries and cultures that teach a variety of basic mathematical concepts.
Resource Type: Book

22. Multicultural Math Fair (external link)
Abstract: Explains the process for how to create a multicultural math fair in your school, including lesson plans, culturally-situated games and puzzles, software access, and useful link
Resource Type: Website, Curriculum

23. Multicultural Mathematics vs. Ethnomathematics (external link)
Abstract: This brief article discusses how to tell the difference between multicultural math and ethnomathematics.
Resource Type: Article

24. Multicultural Mathematics. Teaching Mathematics from a Global Perspective (external link)
Abstract: Mathematics is an international language and field of study that knows no barriers between race, culture, or creed. This pioneering book was one of the first to explore ways of helping schoolchildren understand the universality of mathematics, and at the same time making it a more enjoyable, relevant, and rewarding enterprise.
Resource Type: Book

25. Multicultural Mathematics: One Road to the Goal of Mathematics for All (external link)
Abstract: No description available
Resource Type: Book

26. Native American Beading: Coordinate Planes (external link)
Abstract: This lesson introduces students to Cartesian planes and graphing in the context of Native American beading. It can also tie in computer-generated beading a program if you have computer access.
Resource Type: Curriculum

27. Native American Mathematics (external link)
Abstract: Spanning time from the prehistoric to the present, the thirteen essays in this volume attest to the variety of mathematical development present in the Americas. The data are drawn from cultures as diverse as the Ojibway, the Inuit (Eskimo), and the Nootka in the north; the Chumash of Southern California; the Aztec and the Maya in Mesoamerica; and the Inca and Jibaro of South America.
Resource Type: Book

28. Paper Folding & Origami (external link)
Abstract: This is one of the world's leading website's on Origami and paper folding. It also contains extensive information about the mathematical concepts behind this ancient art form. This page also contains links to other major origami site from around the world.
Resource Type: Website

29. Teaching and Learning Mathematics for Social Justice in an Urban, Latino school (internal link)
Abstract: This article reports on a 2-year study about teaching a learning mathematics for social justice and about the role of an NCTM standards-based curriculum.
Resource Type: Article

30. The Crest of the Peacock (external link)
Abstract: From the Ishango Bone of central Africa and the Inca quipu of South America to the dawn of modern mathematics, The Crest of the Peacock makes it clear that human beings everywhere have been capable of advanced and innovative mathematical thinking. George Gheverghese Joseph takes us on a breathtaking multicultural tour of the roots and shoots of non-European mathematics.
Resource Type: Book

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K. Wayne Yang
2007 Panelist
Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies
East Oakland Community High School