Teaching and Learning Indigenous Philosophy in Viral Times: Personal and Pedagogical Reflections on how to Teach “Indigenous Philosophy”

Wayne Wapeemukwa, Eduardo Mendieta, Jules Wong

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The authors of this essay challenge the notion that “philosophy” is irredeemably Eurocentric by providing a series of personal, professional, and pedagogical reflections on their experience in a new graduate seminar on “Indigenous philosophy.” The authors—a graduate student, professor, and Indigenous course-facilitator—share in the fashion of “Indigenous storywork,” as outlined by Stó:lō pedagogue Jo-Ann Archibald. We begin with the instructor and how he was personally challenged to re-evaluate his roots and philosophical praxis in spite of his experience teaching over several decades. The second section describes a student experience and how they measured the exigencies of decolonization against the esteem that their family holds for Canada’s brand of multiculturalism. Finally, we turn to the Indigenous seminar facilitator and his skepticism over whether the course truly constituted decolonized, or “landed,” pedagogy. Throughout, the authors ask about the demands of decolonization and how philosophical pedagogy may center Indigenous futurity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-252
Number of pages26
JournalTeaching Philosophy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Philosophy

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