Naturalist education, Indigenous ways of knowing

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The purpose of this work is for you, the reader, to be sufficiently informed, entertained, and inspired that you find yourself reaching your own hands down into your soul, or your soil-filled gut, or the soles of your feet or your over-stuffed brain – wherever it is that you keep the meaning of your life — and press with your thumbs to make room for a new seed. Through story and poetry, I will use my own life as a site of inquiry to illuminate the educational structure and purpose of ideas around ecological identity. I see that dominant Western culture, driving policy and social discourse, lacks in its systemic behavior a sense of its ecological self (Lyons, 1993, Thomashow, 1995). The work expressed in this writing is an attempt to reverse some of this forgetting, for myself and for others. Thus my focus resides in understanding and critiquing the pedagogies that underlie Western culture and in practicing alternative forms of education in order to create positive, life-affirming change.


personal narratives

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Environmental education; Ethnoscience; Indigenous peoples--Washington (State)--Bellingham; Identity


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