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Indigenous Philosophies and Critical Education

A Reader- Foreword by Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw


Edited By George J. Sefa Dei

An important academic goal is to understand ongoing contestations in knowledge in the search to engage everyday social practice and experiences, as well as the social barriers and approaches to peaceful human coexistence. This reader pulls together ideas concerning Indigenous epistemologies (e.g., worldviews, paradigms, standpoints, and philosophies) as they manifest themselves in the mental lives of persons both from and outside the orbit of the usual Euro-American culture. The book engages Indigenous knowledges as far more than a «contest of the marginals», thereby challenging the way oppositional knowledges are positioned, particularly in the Western academy. Subsequently, this book is a call to recognize and acknowledge Indigenous knowledges as legitimate knowings in their own right, and not necessarily in competition with other sources or forms of knowledge. The project offers an opportunity for the critical thinker to continue on a de-colonial/anti-colonial intellectual journey in ways informed by Indigenous theorizing.


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Dei fm thru 2_7x10 1/10/2011 3:07 PM Page vii 7. “I Live Somewhere Else but I’ve Never Left Here”: Indigenous Knowledge, History, and Place 113 Michael Davis 8. Ruminations on Red Revitalization: Exploring Complexities of Identity, Difference and Nationhood in Indigenous Education 127 Martin Cannon 9. Identity, Representation, and Knowledge Production 142 Patience Elabor-Idemudia 10. Indigeneity in Education: A By-product of Assimilation? 157 Dennis Mcpherson SECTION III: INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGES AND THE QUESTION OF DEVELOPMENT: TENSIONS OF CHANGE, TRADITION AND MODERNITY Introduction to Section III 167 11. Education for Endogenous Development: Contrasting Perspectives from Amazonia and Arabia 171 Serena Heckler & Paul Sillitoe 12. Neo-Colonial Melancholia: Alaska Native People, Education and Oil 189 Maria Shaa Tláa Williams 13. Sacred Mountains and Ivory Towers: Indigenous Pedagogies of Place and Invasions from Modernity 197 Michael Marker 14. Indigenous Knowledge in Transition: The Fundamental Laws of the Diné in an Era of Change and Modernity 212 Lloyd L. Lee SECTION IV: INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION AND SCIENCE: BEYOND THE FORMAL CURRICULUM Introduction to Section IV 225 15. Bringing the Experience of Indigenous People into Alaska Rural Systematic Initiative/ Alaska Native Knowledge Network 229 Gregory Smith 16. Learning Life Lessons from Indigenous Storytelling with Tom Mccallum 245 Judy Iseke & Brennus BMJK 17. Ua Lele Ka Manu; The Bird Has Flown: A Search for Hawaiian Indigenous/Local Inquiry Methods 262 Pauline Chinn, Isabella Aiona Abbott, Michelle Kapana-Baird, Mahina Hou Ross, Lila Lelepali, Ka’umealani Walker, Sabra Kauka, Napua Barrows, Moana Lee, and Huihui Kanahele-Mossman VIII | CONTENTS Dei...

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