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Literacies of place: Towards a worldview of kinship


2009 2009

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Language, like culture, is interdependent with an ecology of place, and the language we use helps to shape our cultural understanding and ways of relating to these ecological places. This thesis explores the ways language, both written and oral, can weave us into the land, and perhaps, too, how land can weave us into language. “Land” in this thesis is referring to the ecological community within a place, and includes the perspective of interrelationship and care inherent in an Indigenous worldview of kinship. In Western culture, written language may have contributed to abstracting and distancing the relationship between humans and the land. In the context of teaching writing, this thesis explores the language and the writing that bring humans back into intimate reciprocity with the land. Through a complex weaving of diverse narrative, the thesis explores Indigenous languages and ways of knowing and relating to land, nature writing that embodies these ways of knowing, and pedagogy that is informed by Indigenous epistemologies. This thesis develops a “literacy of place” that honors Indigenous worldviews, ethics of kinship, and ways of knowing. Recognizing that students need fluency in multiple literacies that prepare and empower them for engaged leadership and expression in the complexities of our time, a literacy that addresses our relationship to our ecological places is a sacred responsibility of higher education. A literacy of place should be responsive to cultural contexts, critical of historical privilege and oppression, and creative in its recognition of cognitive pluralism. Indigenous pedagogy is a rich resource for the growing movement towards place-based, sustainability education.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Linguistics;
Language;
Native American studies
Classification
0290: Linguistics
0679: Language
0740: Native American studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Indigenous; Land; Language; Literacies; Native American; Place
Title
Literacies of place: Towards a worldview of kinship
Author
McDonnell, Anne Haven
Number of pages
130
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
1181
Source
MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109196924
Advisor
Walton, Bill
Committee member
Aldern, Jared; Cajete, Gregory
University/institution
Prescott College
Department
Humanities
University location
United States -- Arizona
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1465400
ProQuest document ID
305149904
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305149904
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