Notions of research and scholarship, which stem from Western ways of knowing, consist of fragmented and dis/connected ways of thinking. By contrast, Indigenous ways of knowing are rooted in a holistic perspective that acknowledges a simple but profound truth: everything in our physical world is relational and interconnected.
Moving from the arts to academia, I eventually became disillusioned with the insularity of academic disciplines and fractured fields of knowledge. As a Spokane tribal descendant, I'm intent on Indigenizing my own research process, using traditional songs, stories, original music and Indigenous imagery to tell the "whole" story of ecological interconnectedness. I share this work with a growing sense of urgency...
By now, the climate crisis has likely come to your door in one form or another: hotter temperatures, violent hurricanes, widespread drought, massive fires, rising sea levels. The list goes on. As a result of a dominant Western worldview in which the natural world is purposed for exploitation and indiscriminate consumption, humankind has become the architect of its own extinction. To turn things around (assuming we still can) it would be wise for us to think and act Indigenously.
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