Indigenous Voices and Sacred Spaces: A Model for Teaching Native American Philosophies and Cultures

Prof. Bernard den Ouden
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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
Stream: Knowledge, Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness, Teaching and Learning, Ethnicity, Difference, Identity, First Nations and Indigenous Peoples
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Indigenous Voices and Sacred Spaces

Prof. Bernard den Ouden

Professor of Philosophy and Executive Director of the Ct. Compact for Service Learning, Humanities, University of Hartford

Bernard den Ouden is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hartford. He is the author of Language and Creativity, Reason Will Creativity and Time & The Fusion of naturalism and Humanism. He has edited four other volumes. Dr. den Ouden has evaluated development projects in Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. He has give guest lectures in Croatia, The Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, and Spain. At the University of Hartford he has been honoured with Larson Award for Distinguished Teaching and held the position of the Harry Jack Gray Distinguished Teaching Humanist. He assumed a leadership role in the founding of the University’s Honors Program and the creation of the Humanities Center.

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