ERIC Number: ED403096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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A Yupiaq Worldview: A Pathway to Ecology and Spirit.
Kawagley, A. Oscar
Written from a Yupiaq perspective, this book examines and compares Yupiaq and Western worldviews and their relationship to the learning and use of scientific knowledge. Chapter 1 discusses shared characteristics of the worldviews of Alaska Natives and then focuses specifically on the Yupiaq worldview, which is based on maintaining a balance among the human, natural, and spiritual worlds, and incorporates belief in the equality of all creatures, learning through participant observation, emphasis on sharing and cooperation, respect for the wisdom of elders, and intimate knowledge of the local landscape. Chapter 2 provides a brief history of the Yupiit Nation and its school system and describes the research site--the village of Akiak on the Kuskokwim River in southwestern Alaska. Chapter 3 examines Yupiaq use of science, mathematics, and technology for survival, focusing on weather prediction, fishing, fish preparation and preservation, diet and nutrition, traditional medicines and admonitions, healing and mental health, and integration of modern technology. Chapter 4 describes educational practices and science instruction in Akiak's K-12 school. Chapter 5 discusses Yupiaq cultural adaptation in the contemporary world, the cultural "price" of introduction of outside technologies, the implications of Yupiaq ethnoscience for village schooling, and the need to integrate schooling and Yupiaq ways of knowing. Goals are proposed for culturally integrated schooling, and a science curriculum is outlined based on the Yupiaq fish camp experience. An appendix describes the research setting and methodology and the researcher's background and biases. Contains 115 references, photographs, and a Yup'ik glossary. (SV)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Cultural Context, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Epistemology, Eskimos, Nonformal Education, Science Education, World Views
Waveland Press, Inc., P.O. Box 400, Prospect Heights, IL 60070 ($10.50 plus $4 shipping).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
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