Week 5 Blog

One of the first things I noticed in this reading was when the authors said that rehabilitation and decolonization “depend on each other.” To me, this means that you cannot truly accomplish either of these things without also accomplishing the other; the only true way to rehabilitate is to decolonize and you cannot complete decolonization without first rehabilitating. The reading also touches on a lot of pressures from the Western world to do things like develop land that has long been sacred to Indigenous people, and why this confirms the need to teach young people about Indigenous ways of thinking and learning, as well as historical issues.

Similarly, a great way to accomplish these things was the encouragement of intergenerational relationships, specifically between Indigenous youth and elders. This was usually accomplished through zines or even direct interviews between these elders and the youth. This project of sorts ended up growing and growing until it finally exploded with interest in these communities to keep Indigenous ways of learning and living alive.

I can connect these ideas with my own teaching in the future, as well. There is an important lesson here about not forgetting the past, but also not forgetting the future of the world. In my classroom, I can only hope to incorporate a good blend of traditional and contemporary values of learning, and do my best to hit a lot of different worldviews.

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