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ERIC Number: ED477412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Pages: 30
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Eurocentric Education Unhinged: Challenges Posed by the Elders and Teachings of the Anishinaabeg.
Granberg, Kimberly A.
As part of an attempt to develop a multicultural model of teacher education that incorporates and embraces Anishinaabe philosophy, interviews were conducted with seven Anishinaabe elders from one Canadian and three U.S. reservations. Eight themes emerged. In order of their importance to the meaning and experience of being Anishinaabe, they are respect, stories, Ojibwe language, maintaining or reviving culture, ceremonies, spirituality, learning from the elders, and emotionality. Respect includes respect for others, for difference, and for Nature. Stories are important because many ideas, values, and traditions were taught through stories. The language contains and perpetuates the depth, subtleties, and nuances of the culture. Without language, the songs, ceremonies, and oral traditions would be lost. Traditions must be kept alive because they constitute a training process that teaches discipline, an appropriate attitude toward Mother Earth, and an understanding and purpose of being. Ceremonies are how the Anishinaabe express their spirituality and connection with all beings. They create and support the sense of community that is the foundation of tribal life. Anishinaabe spirituality emphasizes the harmony that comes from their connection with all parts of the universe, in which everything has a purpose and is valued. Elders teach the children based on their life experience and cultural knowledge. The concept of emotionality expresses the intensity with which the elders felt the importance of these themes. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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