In the article Learning From Place, youth and elders are brought together to share stories and explore their land. I see reinhabitation and decolonization happening as they explored the river. The elders used a map to teach the students parts of the river in the Inninowuk language. The students learned that there were Indigenous names given to the river before colonization and they were reclaiming them. A quote that stood out to me in the article was when I elder shared,

“I want my kids and grandchildren to know the rivers, so they know who they are and are proud of who they are, and where they come from”

By spending time and learning from the river, the elders and committee members desire is for the youth to know who they are and remember their culture.

This make me think about my own lessons and how I can incorporate place into them. As a music teacher, I would love to bring my students to different locations in nature to inspire their creativity.

One thought on “Place

  1. Hey, Kaeli. I think it’s awesome that your willing to shape lessons to integrate the culture of the students in your music lessons. So many teachers won’t do that out of fear of offending them, or they believe it isn’t that important. The article was a great way for us to understand why culture is so important, and how choosing to walk away from expressing it is a form of colonization. Love your post!


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