- Meyer quotes many other kumu and practitioners in her article – were there any quotes that resonated with you and why?
- How can you be happy in your experiences when others are unhappy? (Gladys Brandt, 27 March 1997) talking about relationships and knowledge: Notions of Self Through Other
- This quote reminded me on the how interconnected we are as humans and especially made me think in terms of decolonization. The thought that we can be pleased with an outcome and yet someone suffers from it is terrible and yet, it happens all of the time.
- What differences did you notice between how Meyer speaks (in her video last week) and how she writes? Was one of them more impactful to you and why?
- Naturally, spoken dialogue and the written word will differ. A piece of writing can be edited over and over again. Although she was very well rehearsed in the video, it’s not something that can she can go back and edit like she could with her paper. Nor should she! Her video was a little more colloquial while her written essay was a lot more descriptive and used “big kid” words. I loved how we would adlib in her video presentation because that I how I could tell she was speaking from her heart. It is hard to say which I found to be more impactful because I cannot separate the words from the format in which I received it. I’d say I learn better from visual stimulus but I enjoyed the text just as much.
- What do you think about the seven principles of indigenous worldviews? Do you think anything needs to be added to that list? Is your academic worldview mostly informed by western or native worldviews? Why is that? Do you think it can and should change?
- I am combining these two questions because I don’t think I can answer the first without addressing the latter. My favorite of the seven are there are many truths and that the relationship between people and the spiritual world is important. These two challenge my Western mind the most. In a world (the Western one, that is) with so much empirical data and where evidence based practice is the gold standard, accepting more than one truth seems mind-boggling and yet it is a reality for many. Even on a small scale, I like to remind myself of this whenever I see my peers disagree on things like parenting styles or spiritual beliefs. One of my best friends is Christian and although I am not, we get along great because we both respect that there can be multiple ideologies co-existing in the world.
- I have a hard time imagining what I would put on this list. I think this mostly comes from having been programmed academically in the West. I would say my general worldview is influenced by both native and Western views but my schooling has not wavered much. I think it could change but if it’s just academically-speaking, I don’t know if it should change. I think there are a lot of native ways to learn that don’t involve academia.
- How will you share the new knowledge that you gain through this course?
- Above all, I just plan on walking the talk and doing it in a quiet way. I always tell myself that the more I am okay with something in my life, the less I need others to be okay with it. Meaning, when I am secure in my beliefs system and how I operate, I don’t feel the need to spread it like wildfire. I just enjoy leading by example.
Speaking of other ways of knowing… This is a photo of me from my kindergarten yearbook. I was caught daydreaming, of course.