Learning From Place

The article, Learning from Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowuk Ways of Knowing focuses on the relationship between youth, adults, and elders and their connection to the land. The land is represented in a sacred way and it is an essential for people to learn from the land. They shared knowledge and educated the group of people on the history of the land, language, and cultural identity. In the article, it says that by learning the significance of the land and its traditional ways allows them to act as a resistance to recover and renew traditional and cultural relationships. Elders would share knowledge with youth about the ways to live off the river and the land and sites along the way. This offered the adults and youth an “insight into the importance of land for social and economic well-being among people together in the sharing of knowledge.”

Stressing the importance of the land is crucial to the Indigenous ways of knowing. They say when youth loose a sense of what the land means to them, they lose the connections to form relations together, historically and geographically within their identity. This is true in many ways, if you are not exposed to your culture it may be lost. Learning from place enables the learners to be exposed to certain knowledge that can be effectively gathered by learning from place. After reading and understanding this concept, I gather that the land is a huge part of Muskegowuk culture. It is a determent to younger generations when they lose their connection to the land, because it is such a huge part of their culture and identity. This included their language, traditional values and beliefs, and their spirituality.

After reading this article, it is clear that learning from place is very important. I think there are many ways that learning from place can be useful, within Indigenous culture and within our own cultures. In the article, it is evident that learning from place can teach learners knowledge that they may have never been exposed to otherwise. The idea learning from place could help students connect on a deeper level to their relationship with land, while incorporating Indigenous Ways of Knowing. As a person living on Treaty 4 land and soon to be educating students who live on this land, the knowledge from the article can be used as a tool to teach students about the Indigenous culture, their relationship to the land, and how it shapes their individual identities.



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