Native Studies

Address the question: What does it mean to read like a culturalist?
or What does it mean to read like a native-studies expert?

Here are some resources:

Anishinaabe: Learn Ojibwe Language 

Aboriginal People in Manitoba - pdf online

Canada: A People’s History
Canada in the Making
The Canadian Encyclopedia

Manitoba Indigenous Languages
Canadian Heritage. Four Directions

Cree YouTube translations of basic oral phrases
Cree Language App (download to iPad) 

Cree - How to speak Cree.

Full Circle workbook with lessons on First Nations, Metis, Inuit ways of knowing .... Download the pdf

The Healthy Aboriginal Network
History of the Canoe 

Indigenous Peoples Literatures

Indigenous Inclusion Directorate (Manitoba Education) 

Inuit Student Centre - Guide on how to prepare for post-secondary education
Libraries and Archives Canada 

Ojibway Dictionary

North American Pre-Contact Native Culture Areas GIS Map
Michif - Learn the Language

Manitoba Michif - Book and course

The Plains Cree
The Shingwauk Project: Indian Residential Schools Research Centre
Through the Eyes of the Cree: The Art of Allen Sapp
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

1 comment:

  1. Reading like a culturalist or like a native studies expert can be very similar. The main difference being, what is the expert focusing on? Native studies experts might focus specifically on Native studies perspectives and values , while culturalists might focus on a broad range of perspectives and values. Although culturalists and Native studies experts might focus on different topics, the way they approach these materials can be very similar. 
When approaching these topics, it is important to be aware of the content you're reading and what it is trying to say. These areas tend to focus on historical and cultural aspects, which might be controversial to some. When approaching these materials it is important to recognize any bias or prejudice within these texts. If individuals are not aware of these, it might reinforce negative stereotypes towards a culture or group of peoples. Also, what is the perspective of the author? Ask yourself, what is the purpose of this article? What context is this article written and is this information authentic? As a reader it is also important to be open-minded.

    The views you hold about a topic can greatly affect the way you read and understand text. Can you relate to the text or does it oppose your views? Be aware of your own prejudice and bias that you might have towards these topics. Do not let one’s own views dilute your findings or the importance of the issue.

    Because this area has a lot to do with history and culture, it is important to do research. Researching numerous sources can help determine what the most accurate findings of the particular topic are. It is important that you do present information that is accurate or that has the most information to support your findings. -Mrs. Tkachuk and Ms. Swampy


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