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Integrating Navajo cultural values with the scientific method.
Nitsahakees is the stage in which critical thought is given to a problem to develop a systematic approach to solving it. In Nahata a plan is developed to solve the problem. Iina is the stage in which plans are put into operation leading to an acceptable solution. In Siihasin confidence is developed by evaluating and analyzing the results and procedures.
Navajo Nation
The Navajo Reservation covers more than 26,000 square miles, making it larger than 10 of the 50 states within the USA. Navajo land is located between the mountains of Colorado and Utah and the low deserts of Arizona and New Mexico. This region includes a diverse range of habitats from high mountains at more than 10,000 feet, down into deep canyons, numerous mesas, and lower elevation semi-arid deserts. The Navajo Ant Project is dedicated to the discovery of the ant biodiversity on this fascinating land and to integrating traditional Navajo cultural values with the modern scientific method.
The Navajo Ant Project (NAP) is a mutual collaboration between the Navajo Nation's Diné College and it's Diné Environmental Institute (DEI) in Shiprock, New Mexico and the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) and Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Navajo Ant Project (NAP) is a participanting member of the Global Ant Project and has a joint research agreement with the Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity

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