ALASKA NATIVE EDUCATION: HISTORY AND ADAPTATION IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM

http://ankn.uaf.edu/Curriculum/Articles/OscarKawagley/ANEHistory.html

This article talks about the interconnection of Aboriginals and nature and how specifically, the Yupiaq  people in Alaska, are no different.  Due to their remote location with a harsh climate they have come to have vast empirical knowledge of the land.  It breaks down the essence of the Yupiaq lifestyle and how nature plays an important role in all aspects of their lifestyle.  It explains how the encroachment of Western civilization has changed the way they go about many things, including education.  Many of the teachers(non-Aboriginal) don’t recognize that the Yupiaq children learn differently  and are not like European children.   By ignoring their values, beliefs and culture, ultimately they are saying their skills and knowledge is of little importance.  This article offers relevant information from the perspective of the Yupiaq people and what ignoring and encroachment do to Aboriginal children skill acquisition.

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