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ERIC Number: ED555337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3034-0148-0
`Iceyeeye Comes to School: Niimiipuu Cultural Competence and Use of Traditional Niimiipuu `Iceyeeye Stories to Construct Indigenous Knowledge with Classroom Teachers for Our Children
Taylor, Arthur Maxwell Teewispelu
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Idaho
From time immemorial, the Niimiipuu (Nez Perce) were very successful in passing on the traditions, languages, religions, and practices of the tribal people. Once created by `Iceyeeye (Coyote), the Children of the Coyote (Nez Perce) began to build and create their own society. The Niimiipuu built a system based upon economics, medicine, science, and academics. This society knew that in order for the people to perpetuate; Knowledge would need to be passed down from one generation to the next. Century after century, this Knowledge has been molded, refined, and evolving as time changes and as every new season moves in and one departs. The Niimiipuu must work at reclaiming `Iceyeeye stories. The colonization of the Niimiipuu has proven to be detrimental to our history, language, and stories. As fluent speakers within the Niimiipuu have moved on to the next world, the Niimiipuu have worked at remembering the important us: of language and the role it plays in tribal society and the education of children. When stories are heard once again, we can change our focus on the education of children; to do this, teachers must begin to explore the different use of our stories. These stories must be woven into the daily classrooms and as educators; the teachers must have access to this Knowledge so the teachers have the ability to share with the children. Using `Iceyeeye stories to provide training in Niimiipuu cultural competency will enable the faculty to begin to understand the cultural value the Niimiipuu place on the education of children and how traditional practices can once again be integral to the success of Niimiipuu children in the public educational school system on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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