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Indigenous Philosophies and Critical Education

A Reader- Foreword by Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw

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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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Aboriginal Claim to Alaskan land, 168, 192 Communities, 115, 200, 443, 444 Culture, 117, 118 Discourse, 115 Domination history of, 203 Education, 72, 127, 131, 151, 164–65 European discourses on, 114 Heritage, 117, 118 Knowledge, 113, 205, 207–8, 437 Languages, 204, 405, 406 Legislation, 118, 119–20 People, 134, 158, 159, 163, 165, 201, 405 Potlatching, 202 Representation of, 122 Scholars, 405, 442, 444, 445 Stories, 204 Students, 435 Traditional Ecological Knowledge, 306 Traditional Owners and Elders, 113 Aboriginality, 16, 25, 26, 41, 73 Academia, 93, 107, 146, 147, 174, 308 Academic achievement, 226, 356 Activists Academic, 422–25, 429–30, 437, 446 and Bering Strait theory, 183 and Displacement, 37 for Educational policy, 71, 142 and Indigenous Knowledge, 116 and Qatar University, 185 and Research agenda, 9–10 See also Bannerji, Himani African Americans, 229 Ascendants, 337, 338, 341, 344, 345–46 Continent and European colonialism, 81, 82, 83–85 Educational philosophy, 80–90, 281, 295–96 Indigenous healing, 227–28, 280, 281, 284–86, 290–94 Indigenous Knowledge, 81, 88–89, 283, 286–90, 333, 337 Mental colonization, 80 Political independence of, 86 Post-colonial, 80, 86 Renaissance, 441, 442 Scholars, 442 and the Slave trade, 339–42, 373 Students, 81 Systems of thought, 281, 282, 283 Traditional society, 82, 83 See also Kenya Ahupua‘a, 265, 266 Akula School, 234 Index Dei Index only_7x10 1/10/2011 3:09 PM Page 457 Alaska legislature, 192–93, 194 Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), 193 Alaska Native Claims Settlement...

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