An Indigenous Curriculum of Place: The United Houma Nation's Contentious Relationship with Louisiana's Educational Institutions

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Peter Lang, 2007 - Education - 232 pages
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The longest desegregation lawsuit in American history, involving Louisiana's political, judicial and educational institutions, was recently settled. Like many African-American communities in the south, members of the United Houma Nation did not have access to -White systems of public education, or to African-American schools, until the mid-1960s. This book illustrates how the Louisiana state apparatus historically dictated educational exclusion through its infamous Jim Crow policies of racial segregation. Utilizing a combination of ethnography, historiography, and oral history methods, its research narratives are specifically concerned with the life histories of United Houma Nation elders who experienced firsthand the complexities and difficulties of institutional racism. An Indigenous Curriculum of Place is essential reading for curriculum scholars, teachers, and community leaders. The narratives in this book not only have the potential to teach us about alternative ways of knowing, but also to understand the limits of our colonized worldviews."

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Contents

A Marsh Made of Dawn
1
Deconstructing a Literature of Dominance
25
Houma Oral Histories
61
Copyright

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The Author: Nicholas Ng-A-Fook received his doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Louisiana State University, after which he began working with the United Houma Nation. He is currently Assistant Professor of Curriculum Theory at the University of Ottawa.

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