The Role of Cultural Introspection in College Teaching
Edited By Susan Diana Longerbeam and Alicia Fedelina Chávez
Chapter Twenty-Two: Strengthening Our Teaching by Honoring Our Culture
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CHAPTER TWENTY - TWO
Strengthening Our Teaching BY Honoring Our Culture
Educational Leadership & Native American Studies University of New Mexico
My name is Robin Starr Williams, and I recently acquired Minthorn. My birth name was given to me by my grandma Toni, my father’s mother. My Kiowa name is Zapetahholaw (sticks with bow), given to me by my grandma Roxie Kodaseet Tsotigh, who gave me her mother’s Kiowa name, Bessie Catherine Kokoom. I am an enrolled member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma but am also of Apache, Umatilla (and Cayuse), Nez Perce, and Assiniboine tribal descent. My father’s side of the family is from Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. My father grew up on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) in Mission, Oregon. His name is David Williams and his parents were Donald Bruce Williams and Antoinette (Toni) (Conner) Williams. My mother’s name is Rita Joyce Tsotigh (now Brewer); she is ¾ Kiowa and ½ Apache, from Oklahoma. She grew up in the southwest part of Oklahoma, where my grandfather Jacob Sherwood Tsotigh Sr. was a United Methodist pastor in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC), a predominantly Native American conference. He married my grandmother Roxie Kodaseet after his first wife Josephine passed away from tuberculosis. My grandmother grew up in the area by Carnegie, Oklahoma, called Zole-tone (stinking water in Kiowa). My mom, aunts, and uncles grew up in a household where...
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