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Decolonizing Education through indigenous Knowledge

Research as Resistance: Critical, Indigenous and Anti-Oppressive Approaches.

Chris Scribe

on 30 January 2014

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Transcript of Decolonizing Education through indigenous Knowledge

Decolonizing Education through Indigenous Knowledge - Walking Two Paths...
Welcome to my 4 hour presentation / ode to self
Welcome, My name is...
Oral Tradition - The heart of
Indigenous Knowledge.
Indigenous Knowledge?
My Story...
Historically Indigenous Knowledge (oral tradition)played an essential role in nurturing and educating our children
In the past it was through Indigenous Knowledge that we found the strength to nurture and educate our children. It is through Indigenous Knowledge that we find the answers to life’s most difficult questions.
Stories are vital to the survival of culture and traditions
At the very core of First Nation existence is storytelling. Not only is storytelling a form of resistance to colonization but its true strength is the depth of resilience it has given our people. “As one storyteller told me, despite all of the government and churches’ attempts, I am still here. I am Indian and I am proud. These stories simply must be told.” (Thomas, 2005)
When looking at IK in modern day education it is essential to understand that within the stories there is the sense of spirit that must be considered. The spirit of our stories is the recognition of our ancestors, our culture, and of all our relations both animate and inanimate.

An education system that honors IK, has the potential to extend its understanding of knowledge far beyond that which we find in a textbook. I feel that Indigenous Knowledge enables us to keep the teaching of our Ancestors, cultures and traditions alive throughout education
Indigenous Knowledge leaves us with a sense of purpose, pride, and gives us guidance and direction.
As in most Indigenous Knowledge structures, we find ourselves guided down paths of discovery that we may never had expected. It is these paths that give us both purpose and direction.
The lore (traditional knowledge and beliefs) of cultures having no written language. It is transmitted by word of mouth and consists, as does written literature, of both prose and verse narratives, poems and songs, myths, dramas, rituals, proverbs, riddles, and the like. Nearly all known peoples, now or in the past, have produced it.
Writing on the topic of Indigenous Knowledge and storytelling is one of great importance for me. My grandfather Murdo Scribe was a strong believer in Indigenous Knowledge as education. His vision was simple, to share Indigenous Knowledge through education. He believed that IK is not as limited as written texts, in fact, our stories and oral traditions are limitless, and travel far beyond the confines of a book. It is a tool of resistance, resistance to residential schools, loss of language, abuse, and colonialism.

Like in most educational systems around the world Indigenous knowledge has had an uphill struggle for validity. The question of validity is one that must be eradicated within our own schools first. If Indigenous people and Indigenous schools do not utilize the knowledge of our ancestors then why should anyone else?
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