Essays on History, Language, and Education
Edited By Cherry Maynor Beasley, Mary Ann Jacobs and Ulrike Wiethaus
This book spans the full gamut from naming women’s experiences of historical trauma to their ongoing efforts at preserving and rebuilding their Native nations. The collection of essays is distinctive in its Indigenous hermeneutics in that it insists on a holistic view of time and place-based knowledge – the past still fully affects the present and gives the present depth and meaning beyond the linear flow of time.
This book also features American Indian and non-American Indian scholars who are well known in American Indians studies, scholars beginning their career and scholars who, while not experts in American Indians studies, are considered experts in other disciplines and who recognize the unique attributes of Southeastern American Indian nations.
Oshki Giizhigad (The New Day): Native Education Resurgence in Traditional Worldviews and Educational Practice
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Oshki Giizhigad (The New Day)
Native Education Resurgence in Traditional Worldviews and Educational Practice
ROSEMARY WHITE SHIELD
Native children are at the heart of Indian education. Without them, there would be no purpose for all of our efforts to provide a successful educational experience. Yet what is a successful educational experience for a Native student? There are many perspectives on the answer to this question, but one fact remains. Our Native children deserve the best that all of us have to offer. Their educational experience does not begin nor stop according to the clocks in our school hallways, or the dismissal signals over our speaker systems. For a Native child, all that she or he experiences is education.
From many Indian cultural perspectives, the educational experience is seen as a holistic experience. Its core features engender a positive Native identity and tribal consciousness. Tribal consciousness is that an individual belongs to something greater than him or herself, which is their tribe, and is of utmost importance to a Native sense of self. A successful educational experience for a Native student is one in which a positive sense of Indian identity is solidified, and connected sustainably to traditional worldviews, value systems and cultural strengths. Academic achievement is viewed as a natural emergence of understanding, appreciating, and fully developing Creator’s gifts bequeathed to every individual.
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