Indigenous Voices and Sacred Spaces: A Model for Teaching Native American Philosophies and Cultures
This paper or presentation describes courses that were designed and executed which give students the opportunity to study Native Traditions through reading Indigenous authors, visiting reservations and Pueblos and learning oral history from tribal elders and other members of First Nations. Specific courses to be included in this presentation are “Lakota Philosophy and Culture” which involves field study in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska, and the “Pueblos of Eastern New Mexico.” Processes of building long term relationships and understanding protocols for respect and trust will be detailed. The learning of alternative histories and the related reclaiming of identities will be central to this presentation. The living-center of these courses consists of moving beyond the mere theorizing about the voices and perspectives of marginalized cultures and people to finding creative and potentially transforming ways of listening and knowing.
Keywords: Indigenous Philosophy Voices Cultures, Lakota and Pueblo
Prof. Bernard den Ouden
Professor of Philosophy and Executive Director of the Ct. Compact for Service Learning, Humanities, University of Hartford