Envisioning Indigenous Education: Applying Insights from Indigenous Views of Teaching and Learning

  • Gregory A. CajeteEmail author
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This chapter explores an approach to the visioning of contemporary Indigenous education, teaching, and learning through the lenses of Indigenous cultural thought and epistemological orientations. Aspects of Indigenous teaching and learning are discussed related to the ways metaphor and social consciousness have traditionally functioned in Indigenous community-related sociocultural education. The deeper psychological nature of Indigenous thought, as an integral part of human learning, teaching, and socialization, is also explored. These explorations form the basis for advocacy toward an integration of Indigenous thought as an essential foundation for contemporary intergenerational education in the context of Indigenous community.


Indigenous education Sun Dagger Storytelling Myth Community Indigenous knowledge Mythopoetic traditions Native science Critical pedagogy Culturally based education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Education, Native American StudiesUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Graham Hingangaroa Smith
    • 1
  • Melinda Webber
    • 2
  1. 1.Te Whare Wānanga o AwanuiārangiWhakataneNew Zealand
  2. 2.Faculty of Education and Social WorkThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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