ERIC Number: ED197890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep-25
Reference Count: 0
The Directions of Indian and Native Education: Culture, Content and Container.
One of the trends in Native Education in the United States and Canada is the re-emergence of concern for the "old ways," which are looked to increasingly for practical guidance in meeting the challenges of today's world. The old ways teach the purpose of life. Such rituals as fasting, feasting, and spirit quests teach a special way of looking at the world. Beadwork, basketwork, weaving, tanning hides, and traditional fishing are all "processes" of learning which teach not only skills but also visualization, patience and physical coordination. These learning processes are quite different from the more tangible elements of formalized education, "products" such as textbooks, videotapes, and curriculum models; these products are not in themselves the measure of good education. However, Indian educators can use them to improve the learning processes that lead to good education. For example, videotapes can be used to record and preserve the information of the tribal elders. The tapes can then be used to train teachers, as personal interaction between teacher and student will be more effective than videotape alone would be. Indian educators need to determine how they can best use books, videotapes, cultural programs, and other educational products within a school and community setting. (SB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the General Assembly of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (12th, Vancouver, B.C., September 25, 1980). Parts may not reproduce clearly.