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ERIC Number: EJ809858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
Learning to Be a "Nehiyaw" (Cree) through Language
Daniels-Fiss, Belinda
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v2 n3 p233-245 Jul 2008
This article describes a journey and a rediscovery of what it meant and means to speak from a Cree worldview. The way I was raised created my identity as a "nehiyaw" and to my having a Cree worldview; however, I lost these concepts when I started school and moved to the city. Later, in my adult years, I began re-learning my own history and language. Participating in a Cree immersion camp helped me to regain the Cree literacy that I had lost or forgotten. To understand the structure of the Cree language and philosophy, I looked to childhood memories and graduate-level classes that drew on Indigenous peoples' knowledge. Both memories and classes added to my Cree state of being, which resulted in my becoming a whole and complete nehiyaw--"an exact person." (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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