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ERIC Number: EJ758783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0010-8146
Re-Learning the Traditional Art of Inuit Grass Basket-Making
Cowan, Cindy
Convergence, v38 n4 p51-67 2005
This paper describes an adult learning project to revitalise the traditional Inuit art of weaving grass baskets. The participants involved in the project, all older women who speak an indigenous first language (Inuktitut) and who have limited experience with formal education, largely on their own initiative, undertook the process of successfully re-learning a craft that had almost faded from living memory in their community. This paper focuses on the story of the revival of the art of grass basket-weaving to illustrate the potential empowering results that can be achieved when a community college validates traditional art knowledge as a relevant and meaningful form of learning. This paper briefly reviews the major strands of emancipatory education discourse as it relates to Inuit learning. This paper concludes with some insights into the process of adult education for greater social justice within Nunavut.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada