UNDERSTANDING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE

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When asking the question ‘What is Indigenous Knowledge?, theorists
Marie Battiste (Mi’kmaq) and James Sa’kej Youngblood Henderson
(Chicasaw/Cheyenne) tell us that “no short answer exists since this is a
question about comparative knowledge and no legitimate methodology exists to answer it.” (Battiste, M. and Henderson, J. Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage:
A Global Challenge. (Saskatchewan: Purich Publishing Ltd., 2000), 39.

Reading Assignments:

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Castellano, Marlene Brant (Mohawk). “Updating Aboriginal Traditions of Knowledge.” In Dei, et als, eds. Indigenous Knowledges in Global Contexts: Multiple Readings of Our World (2000). Chapter 1. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2008 Reprint): 21-36.

McGregor, D. “Coming Full Circle: Indigenous Knowledge, Environment and Our Future.” The American Indian Quarterly (2004):385-410.

Dei, George, et als.eds. Indigenous Knowledges in Global Contexts: Multiple Readings of Our World (2000), Introduction. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2008 Reprint): 3-17.

Wangoola, Paul. “Mpambo, the African Multiversity: A Philosophy to Rekindle the African
Spirit” In Dei, et als., eds. Indigenous Knowledges in Global Contexts: Multiple
Readings of our World (2000). Chapter 16. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2008
Reprint): 265-277.
Settee, Proscilla. “Indigenous Knowledge: Multiple Approaches. In Counterpoints. Vol. 379.
Indigenous Philosopies and Critical Education: A READER. (Peter Lang), 434-450.
Working from the introductory assignments and the reading assignment for Topic 1, explore the meaning of ‘Indigenous Knowledge.’ Propose ways and methods through which it can be expressed in the arts. Your essay should be in APA style.
Mithlo, Nancy Marie (Chiricahua Apache). “No Word for Art in Our Language?: Old Questions,
New Paradigms.” Wicaza Sa Review. Vol. 27, No. 1. (2012b): 111-126.

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