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Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Education


by Ray Barnhardt & Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley — 2008

Up until now, the chapters in Part Three have advanced conversations among and within some of the horizons that are employed in Western cultures to make sense of human experience. Many competing traditions are omitted. Here we include one which reminds us how all traditions help us comprehend in certain ways—and miss other legitimate ways of understanding. Ray Barnhart and Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley challenge perhaps the most entrenched and powerful Western tradition, natural science, by showing how the focus on regularities often leads to the neglect of the meaning that can be discovered in the particular.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 13, 2008, p. 223-241
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18474, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 5:25:15 PM

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  • Ray Barnhardt
    University of Alaska Fairbanks
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    RAY BARNHARDT is a professor of cross-cultural studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he has been involved in teaching and research related to Native education issues since 1970. He has served as the director of the Cross-Cultural Education Development Program, the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, and the Alaska Native Knowledge Network. His research interests include indigenous education, rural education, and place-based education.
  • Angayuqaq Kawagley
    University of Alaska Fairbanks
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    ANGAYUQAQ OSCAR KAWAGLEY was born at Mamterilleq, now known as Bethel, Alaska, where he was raised by a grandmother who encouraged his obtaining a Western education, along with the education he received as a Yupiaq child in the camps along the rivers of Southwest Alaska. Although this created conflicting values and caused confusion for him for many years, he feels he has come full circle and is now researching ways in which his Yupiaq people’s language and culture can be used in the classroom to meld the modern ways to the Yupiaq thought world. Along the way, he has completed four university degrees, including a Ph.D at the University of British Columbia. He recently retired as an associate professor of education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
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