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Big Thinking and Rethinking: Teaching Native American Knowledge

Megan Bang

  • Associate Professor, Learning Sciences and Human Development, University of Washington

All societies, in one way or another, lay claim to a territory. Within that territory, a culture arises from a mutual relationship with the land and ecosystem – including plants, animals, and the observable cosmos. A culture consists of theoretical concepts, customs, and social values, as well as the way that knowledge is passed along to the next generation.

Join us for a conversation with Megan Bang as she addresses the following questions: What are the impacts of western knowledge systems on Native people? Are there roles for these systems to support tribal sovereignty and healthy Native Nations? What should education for Native children be like? Should Indigenous knowledge systems be integrated into our schools? Should Indigenous knowledge systems be engaged in broader academic and environmental contexts to help bring about sustainability and an ecological balance?

Brown bag lunch, beverage and dessert provided.

Monday, April 25, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.