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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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14. Indigenous Knowledge in Transition: The Fundamental Laws of the Diné in an Era of Change and Modernity Lloyd L. Lee 212


For over five hundred years, Indigenous peoples have been fighting to maintain their identity asdistinct human beings. It has been a struggle and a challenge for Indigenous peoples in the Western hemisphere. Our languages, rituals, ceremonies, protocols, and ways of life have been dis- rupted and disheveled. Colonization has also impacted Indigenous knowledge yet Indigenous peo- ples have maintained elements of their epistemology and philosophy . Indigenous scholars and intellectuals such as Greg Cajete, Vine Deloria, Jr., Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Manulani Aluli Meyer, Daniel R. Wildcat, Taiaiake Alfred, Dale Turner, and other Indigenous writers continue to engen- der Indigenous knowledge. This knowledge is viable and key to native nation re-building yet ques- tions and possibly doubts surround the dynamic of Indigenous thought amid tensions in an era of change and modernity in Indigenous communities today . Some Indigenous peoples and non- Indigenous peoples question the validity of Indigenous knowledge to overcome the many socio-eco- nomic problems facing their communities. Some Indigenous leaders advocate a practical and modern approach to resolving these problems while others choose to follow their core values to help them alleviate the issues. Some Indigenous scholars and intellectuals, elders, and Indigenous peoples in general advocate using Indigenous knowledge to help rectify the challenges facing Indigenous communities. For instance, Cajete’s Look to the Mountain , Native Science, and several of his other texts utilize Indigenous knowledge to promote ways to re-build Indigenous education for a holistic experience. Deloria, Jr.’s work also uses Indigenous knowledge to propose many ideas to sustain Indigenous...

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