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.
Introduction to Part Two
Education and parenting constitute the process that bonds one generation to the next. Education and parenting ensure survival of cultural knowledge, identity, and sovereignty. Unity in kinship and a living, breathing fabric of intergenerational connectivity create stability and safety amidst any kind of change. To protect both is of paramount value and demands determination, thoughtfulness, time, and, as Rosemary White Shield notes, the conviction that only the very best effort will do. The four chapters in this section offer a scholarly panorama of best educational and parenting practices in past and present to ensure optimal kinship ties and intergenerational connectivity. Oxendine’s description of wholehearted teaching as the one culturally distinctive teacher quality that made Lumbee schools the center of community life and young people’s well-being reverberates in White Shield’s model of culturally-based, community-based, and holistic American Indian schooling. Second generation UNC Pembroke American Indian Studies scholars Rosemary Stremlau and Jane Haladay deeply value and model their own work on the wholehearted teaching of their female elder mentors at UNC Pembroke and UNC Chapel Hill, and as their essay demonstrates, their own work carries the lessons learned by creatively applying them to new challenges and opportunities. Within an American Indian metaphysics, for educational best practices to take fully root, Native parents and care takers parent “wholeheartedly” to generate coherence and the optimal conditions for young people to be and become what the Creator has intended. Christy Buchanan and Grace Bobbitt show us how....
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