When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Ponderosa Commons Oak House, Room 2012, 6445 University Boulevard
Department of Educational Studies Critical Dialogues Seminar Series
Seminar by Dr. Michael Marker, Associate Professor in Educational Studies, and the director of Ts’‘kel Indigenous Graduate Studies.
In Indigenous cultures the landscape is more than simply a container for human history. It is the mind of reality shaping the stories of time and space. Recognizing that places contain the fundamentals for narrating Indigenous thought and experience, it follows that Indigenous research methods should begin with an inquiry into the meaning of the land as expressed in the narratives of Elders. Centering place as methodology is a way to excavate the specific and local effects of colonization on Indigenous landscapes and communities. The interpretation of Indigneous expereience radiates from the recognition of a sentient topography; a land that is aware of human presence. Vine Deloria called this a “sacred geography.” How might a research methodology of place, specifically in the Coast Salish territory, re-imagine borders, re-listen to Elders in oral histories, re-interpret the ethnographic record, and re-direct inquiry about the present conditions of Indigenous knowledge advanced in both academic and community spaces?