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Yupiunrirngaitua/The Skirt I Refuse to Wear

Culturally Sustaining and Revitalizing Pedagogies

ISBN: 978-1-78441-261-6, eISBN: 978-1-78441-260-9

Publication date: 5 June 2017


The primary purpose of this chapter is to portray the transformative, educational journey of an Indigenous educator. Using an Indigenous way of learning in connection with the Yup’ik teachings of kenka/love and ellangeq/awareness the author describes the clashes and challenges that Western education brings about as it conflicts with Indigenous epistemologies. She shares how she transformed her way of learning and teaching in higher education through continuous reflection and transformation by using her own Indigenous ways of knowing. She goes on to show how these ways of knowing can transform higher education classrooms into culturally sustaining and revitalizing spaces.



John-Shields, P.A. (2017), "Yupiunrirngaitua/The Skirt I Refuse to Wear", Culturally Sustaining and Revitalizing Pedagogies (Advances in Research on Teaching, Vol. 29), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 111-126.



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