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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Environment and Society
Mark W. Brunson
Mark W. Brunson
Ninna Piiksii Mike Bruised Head
My research sought to better engage with Indigenous ways of knowing and being (IWKB). Specifically, I collaborated with Blackfoot Elders (and Hawaiian Kupuna) to better understand 1) their perspectives towards land, 2) what factors instigate and perpetuate these perspectives, 3) how these perspectives play out in terms of identity; well being; daily life; education; environmental concern, behavior, and stewardship, and 4) ways that these perspectives towards land can inform and transform Western perspectives on land and perhaps lead to better and more equitable social-ecological outcomes. I approached this from three angles. First, I described a method for braiding Indigenous and Western scientific approaches to broaden the ways we might think about the human-environment relationship. Then I explored how IWKB (Blackfoot and Native Hawaiian) regarding nature are disrupted by recreation use, to the detriment of both Indigenous experience of their native lands and of the land itself. Finally, I described how K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators may be able to effectively accommodate both Western and IWKB in their teaching and how this broader perspective could lead non-Indigenous persons to treat the land differently as well as create greater continuity for Indigenous learners.
Atwood, Sandra Bartlett, "Centering Indigenous Knowledge: Reimagining Research Methods, Pedagogies, and Sustainability With Niitsitapi Awaaáhsskataiksi (Blackfoot Elders)" (2023). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Spring 1920 to Summer 2023. 8884.
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