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ERIC Number: ED474264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Pages: 29
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Native American Philosophies as Examples of W/holistic Relational (e)pistemologies.
Thayer-Bacon, Barbara J.
This paper explores some examples of Indigenous philosophies from North America. It considers Navajo philosophy as presented by James McNeley and John Farella, Mabel McKay's Pomo Indian insights as presented by her student Gary Sarris, and spiritual insights into Indigenous education. These nondualistic philosophies describe the universe relationally, seeking to dissolve sharp distinctions and dualisms, emphasizing instead how the universe and individuals are connected, spiritually and materially. Indigenous knowing relies on a unifying logic that describes the universe as whole, as well as holy. This concept of w/holistic relationality is discussed in terms of Indigenous descriptions of Spirit, Dreams, and Holy Wind. A relational epistemology is supported by a relational ontology, the unifying spiritual belief that we are one with the universe. This relational ontology needs to be foregrounded as a conscious part of the curriculum, so its influence can be carefully considered and critiqued. Examples demonstrate how Native spiritual beliefs that reflect a relational ontology and epistemology can be translated into daily classroom practices and become an explicit part of the curriculum. (Contains references in notes.) (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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