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Native American Studies and Curriculum.
Dorris, Michael A.
The Native Studies curriculum has an important role to play in the development of meaningful community control for Native American education. Native Studies may legitimately take many forms and employ many methods; the essential element is that educators adopt a clear and consistent attitude toward Native Studies based on respect for Native people as the real experts on the objectives and goals of Native Studies. Educators need not fear that a Native controlled school would ignore the traditional curriculum--literature, science, and philosophy are not foreign to Native learning and Native parents are not oblivious to the educational demands of modern life. What would be innovative in Native controlled schools would be the recognition that the serious study of indigenous history and culture is as productive as the study of foreign societies. This assumption underlies the existence of Native American Studies on the college and university level, where the discipline encompasses an immensely complex historicial, linguistic, and cultural sphere that has been largely ignored by popular history. If the new discipline succeeds it may provide a scholarly base and meeting ground for Native people throughout the Americas and afford non-Native Americans the opportunity to learn of and from the first and oldest inhabitants of this land. (JH)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indian Studies, American Indians, Boarding Schools, College Curriculum, Community Control, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Stereotypes, Ethnocentrism, Higher Education, Relevance (Education), Self Determination, Social Discrimination
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Special Emerging Programs (2nd).