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ERIC Number: EJ962046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Ecological Metissage: Exploring the Third Space in Outdoor and Environmental Education
Lowan, Greg
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v23 n2 p10-15 Win 2011
Metis scholar Catherine Richardson introduced the concept of the "Third Space" as the existentially blended territory of a Metis mentality. She compared this to the "First Space" of the dominant Euro-Canadian society and the "Second Space" of colonially subjugated Aboriginal peoples. However, during a recent conference presentation, one audience member astutely pointed out that the First Space on Turtle Island was, in fact, Aboriginal, followed by the European Second Space, which resulted in the Third Space of the Metis. The Third Space is a place where Western, Aboriginal, and other cultural beliefs, philosophies, values, and knowledge intersect, cohabit, and intermingle. Concepts such as the Third Space, healing the split head, Two-Eyed Seeing, and metis provide a compelling theoretical basis for exploring intercultural environmental ethics and education. The author uses the term "ecological metissage" to collectively describe these concepts. Ecological metissage denotes a blending of two or more ecological world views in personal identity, philosophy, and practice. The author explores examples of ecological metissage in practice. (Contains 2 figures and 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada