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ERIC Number: ED427907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 29
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Teaching through Traditions: Incorporating Languages and Culture into Curricula.
Skinner, Linda
This chapter discusses challenges to the perpetuation of American Indian languages and cultures, as well as successful strategies and practices for developing culturally relevant curriculum. A review of the history of U.S. assimilative educational policies towards American Indians leads into a discussion of the importance of language in maintaining cultural continuity and Native identity; the five stages of language preservation; and the recognition by the federal government, embodied in the Native American Languages Act of 1990, of the rights of American Indian tribes to determine their own linguistic destinies. The general population's lack of knowledge about American Indians is discussed. Seven values common to traditional Native education are identified that could form the basis of a tribal code of education or curriculum, and six recommendations are offered to move public schools toward equality and equity. An overview of successful models of culturally relevant curriculum in the U.S. and abroad is followed by a call for a National Native Curriculum Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, that would have regional offices develop locally researched Native curricula. The result would be a curriculum in every U.S. school that would change years of misinformation and enable students to view concepts, issues, events, and themes from the unique and diverse perspectives of Native groups. Contains references in endnotes and a bibliography. (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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