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Symmetrical freedom quilts: the ethnomathematics of ways of communication, liberation, and art

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Author(s): Milton Rosa | Daniel C. Orey

Journal: Revista Latinoamericana de Etnomatemática
ISSN 2011-5474

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 52;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Freedom Quilts | Underground Railroad | Mathematics | Ethnomathematics | Geometry | Symmetry | Quilts da Liberdade | Underground Railroad | Matemática | Etnomatemática | Geometría | Simetría

ABSTRACT
Symmetrical Freedom Quilts may be considered as links between mathematics, history, ethnomathematics,and the art of quilting. A quilt theme is a pedagogical way to integrate mathematics, art, and history in an interdisciplinary approach. This article combines an ethnomathematical-historical perspective by elaborating a history project related to the Underground Railroad. This work will allow teachers to develop classroom projects that help students to better understand geometry, especially concepts of symmetry and transformations. One of the objectives of this project is to stimulate student’s creativity and interest, because quilts may be considered as cultural and mathematical expressions of student’s daily life.
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