Learning From a Place Response

List some of the ways that you see reinhabitation and decolonization happening throughout the narrative.

By reading the text Learning from Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowuk Ways of Knowing I received knowledge on both Reinhabitation and Decolonization. In this story, it states that the children, elders and everyone in between go on a trip along the river. At this time everyone shares stories of what they know and this allows for everyone to gain new knowledge because not everyone knows the same stuff. It also allows the youth to become more educated on important things like their language, culture, and just life in general.

Reinhabitation:  Reinhabitation is teaching how to live appropriately in an environment. To deepen your connection with the land. In this story it refers to how the youth become more educated on the land they live and survive off of by the elders. It is very important to share knowledge with the youth because they will be the next generation of the community. If the elders do not express what the youth needs to know, those aspects will be no longer after the elders pass.  

Decolonization: “An act of resistance must not be limited to rejecting and transforming dominant ideas; it also depends on recovering and renewing traditional, non-commodified cultural patterns such as mentoring and intergenerational relationships” (pg.74). Decolonization was portrayed when the youth, elders and everyone in between would follow the river and exchange stories about what they knew. This allowed for new knowledge to be shared between the community members. At this time the youth also had workshops and made their own audio-documentaries based off of what they have learned from the other community members. This allows the youth to understand their community more than they probably ever would have because they are learning first hand for someone else.  

How might you adapt these ideas / consider place in your own subject areas and teaching?

I think it is important to spread the word about indigenous culture to our students. We should allow them to share what they know and then provide them with new information that  would benefit them as they grow up. It is important to incorporate indigenous culture/ knowledge to students because they should know about the peoples and their culture and what they have done/been through. I hope that as a future educator I will be able to make this topic interesting to my students to they actually imagine the topic and actively think and participate to grow their understanding about indigenous culture.

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