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The Resource Free to be Mohawk : Indigenous Education at the Akwesasne Freedom School, Louellyn White

Free to be Mohawk : Indigenous Education at the Akwesasne Freedom School, Louellyn White

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Free to be Mohawk : Indigenous Education at the Akwesasne Freedom School
Title
Free to be Mohawk
Title remainder
Indigenous Education at the Akwesasne Freedom School
Statement of responsibility
Louellyn White
Title variation
Indigenous education at the Akwesasne Freedom School
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Akwesasne territory straddles the U.S.-Ontario, and Quebec. In 1979, in the midst of a major conflict regarding self-governance, traditional Mohawks there asserted their sovereign rights to self-education. Concern over the loss of language and culture and clashes with the public school system over who had the right to educate their children sparked the birth of the Akwesasne Freedom School (AFS) and its grassroots, community-based approach. In Free to Be Mohawk, Louellyn White traces the history of the AFS, a tribally controlled school operated without direct federal, state, or provincial funding, and explore factors contributing to its longevity and its impact on alumni, students, teachers, parents, and staff. Through interviews, participant observations, and archival research. White presents an in-depth picture of the Akwesasne Freedom School as a model of Indigenous holistic education that incorporates traditional teachings, experiential methods, and language immersion. Alumni, parents, and teachers describe how the school has fostered a strong sense of what it is to be "fully Mohawk." White explores the complex relationship between language and identity and shows how AFS participants transcend historical colonization by negotiating their sense of self. According to Mohawk elder Sakokwenionkwas (Tom Porter), "The prophecies say that the time will come when the grandchildren will speak to the whole world. The reason for the Akwesasne Freedom School is so the grandchildren will have something significant to say." In a world where forced assimilation and colonial education have resulted in the loss or endangerment of hundred of Indigenous languages, the Akwesasne Freedom School provides a cultural and linguistic sanctuary. White's timely study reminds readers, including the Canadian and U.S. governments, of the critical importance of an Indigenous nation's authority over the education of its children. -- from dust jacket
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
971.3004/975542
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E99.M8
LC item number
W48 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New directions in Native American studies
Series volume
volume 12
Label
Free to be Mohawk : Indigenous Education at the Akwesasne Freedom School, Louellyn White
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-204) and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Kanienke:ha blues -- The Haudenosaunee -- Drums along the St. Regis -- The Akwesasne Freedom School: an indigenous model of holistic education -- Kanienke:ha and the Akwesasne Freedom School -- Language and identity: "What kind of Indian are you if you don't speak Mohawk?" -- Becoming "fully Mohawk" -- Conclusion: final thoughts on self-determination and educational freedom
Control code
ocn908374746
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 216 pages
Isbn
9780806148656
Lccn
2015021059
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025541481
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)908374746
Label
Free to be Mohawk : Indigenous Education at the Akwesasne Freedom School, Louellyn White
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-204) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Kanienke:ha blues -- The Haudenosaunee -- Drums along the St. Regis -- The Akwesasne Freedom School: an indigenous model of holistic education -- Kanienke:ha and the Akwesasne Freedom School -- Language and identity: "What kind of Indian are you if you don't speak Mohawk?" -- Becoming "fully Mohawk" -- Conclusion: final thoughts on self-determination and educational freedom
Control code
ocn908374746
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 216 pages
Isbn
9780806148656
Lccn
2015021059
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025541481
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)908374746

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