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Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education: Mapping the Long View

Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Eve Tuck, K. Wayne Yang

2019 Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, United States

Indigenous and decolonizing perspectives on education have long persisted alongside colonial models of education, yet too often have been subsumed within the fields of multiculturalism, critical race theory, and progressive education. Timely and compelling, Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education features research, theory, and dynamic foundational readings for educators and educational researchers who are looking for possibilities beyond the limits of liberal democratic schooling. Featuring original chapters by authors at the forefront of theorizing, practice, research, and activism, this volume helps define and imagine the exciting interstices between Indigenous and decolonizing studies and education. Each chapter forwards Indigenous principles – such as Land as literacy and water as life – that are grounded in place-specific efforts of creating Indigenous universities and schools, community organizing and social movements, trans and Two Spirit practices, refusals of state policies, and land-based and water-based pedagogies.

1. Literacies of Land: Decolonizing Narratives, Storying & Literature

Sandra Styres (Kanien’kehá:ka)

2. Haa shageinyaa: ‘Point your canoe downstream and keep your head up!’

Naadli Todd Lee Ormiston (Northern Tutchone, Tlingit)

3. Rez Ponies and Confronting Sacred Junctures in Decolonizing and Indigenous Education

Kelsey Dayle John (Dineì)

4. River as lifeblood, River as border: The irreconcilable discrepancies of colonial occupation from/with/on/of the Frontera

Marissa Muñoz (Xicana Tejana)

5. Indigenous Oceanic Futures: Challenging Settler Colonialisms & Militarization

Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua (Kanaka Maoli)

6. The Ixil University and the Decolonization of Knowledge

Giovanni Batz (K’iche’ Maya)

7. Decolonizing Indigenous Education in the Postwar City: Native Women’s Activism from Southern California to the Motor City

Kyle T. Mays (Saginaw Chippewa) & Kevin Whalen

8. Queering Indigenous Education

Alex Wilson (Opaskwayak Cree Nation) with Marie Laing (Kanyen’kehá:ka)

Chapter 9: Colonial Conventions: Institutionalized Research Relationships and Decolonizing Research Ethics

Madeline Whetung (Nishnaabeg) and Sarah Wakefield

10. Decolonization for the Masses? Grappling with Indigenous Content Requirements in the Changing Canadian Post-Secondary Environment

Adam Gaudry (Métis) & Danielle E. Lorenz

11. E Kore Au e Ngaro, He Kākano i Ruia mai i Rangiātea (I will never be lost, I am a seed sown from Rangiātea): Te Wānanga o Raukawa as an Example of Educating for Indigenous futures

Kim McBreen (Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Ngāi Tahu)

12. Designing futures of identity: Navigating agenda collisions in Pacific disability

Catherine Picton and Rasela Tufue-Dolgoy

13. Decolonizing Education through Transdisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change Education

Teresa Newberry and Octaviana V. Trujillo (Yaqui)

14. With roots in the water: Revitalizing Straits Salish Reef Net fishing as education for well-being and sustainability

Nicholas XEMŦOLTW̱ Claxton (Tsawout) & Carmen Rodríguez de France (Kickapoo)

15. wałyaʕasukʔi naananiqsakqin: At the Home of our Ancestors: Ancestral Continuity in Indigenous Land-Based Language Immersion

chuutsqa Layla Rorick (Hesquiaht)


Erin Marie Konsmo (Métis) and Karyn Recollet (Cree)