Year of Award
Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
English, Enviromental, Native American
Department or School/College
Interdisciplinary Studies Program
David L. Moore
Phil Condon, Stephen Neyooxet Greymorning
Anishinaabe life ways, Healing self and Community
University of Montana
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Early Childhood Education | Higher Education
Abstract: Healing Self and Community: Living Pluralism in The Anishinaabe
This thesis is a study of pluralism through Anishinaabe writers Winona LaDuke, Basil Johnston, Lynn Anderson, and others, focusing on their perceptions and pedagogies and how those perceptions inform pluralistic living. Anishinaabe methodology tends to be innately interconnected, and pluralistic. As such, it can enlighten, heal self-identity structures, and perceptions of the biosphere. I will contextualize how it is necessary to investigate the stories we learn and those we tell, how it is vital to understand where they come from. Included is analysis of how pluralism shows up in mine and other Anishinaabe life ways through the literary works of Winona LaDuke, and Last Standing Woman; Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming; Basil Johnston, The Manitous: Spiritual world of the Ojibway; and Kim Anderson, Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine; and other Anishinaabe literary work. The voices of traditional Anishinaabe methodologies have much to contribute to the idea of healing self and community. The importance of taking responsibility, being honest, and being compassionate can help us move away from compartmentalized approaches and dialectic conversations that oppose each other. Instead of oppositional tactics, pluralism attempts to call for a dialogic, interdisciplinary approach that could greatly advance our current perspectives. Pluralism asks for deep inquiry into one’s self and perceptions of the world. We will see examples of inclusive, reciprocal and innovative perspectives of the Anishinaabeg. Cooperation with Indigenous people’s worldviews and pedagogies can help us be better equipped for mitigating the social, educational, and ecological concerns of our contemporary culture.
Fitzpatrick, Andrea A., "HEALING SELF AND COMMUNITY: LIVING PLURALISM IN THE ANISHINAABE PARADIGM" (2018). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11167.
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