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The Transformative Power of Education: Indigenous Cultural Approaches

Julian Kunnie.

The Transformative Power of Education: Indigenous Cultural Approaches. The paper will focus on how Indigenous philosophies and cosmologies can revolutionize existing educational paradigms, particularly in view of a dominant Eurocentric,capitalistic,
elitist, male-oriented system imposed on academia and educational curriculums globally. The perspectives of Indigenous African, North
American, Asian, and Pacific peoples will serve as the epistemological lens for proposing new transformative ways in dismantling oppressive hierarchical educational systems that affirm all of creation.


Julian Kunnie  (United States)
Director of Africana Studies
University of Arizona Tucson Arizona USA

Julian Kunnie is Director and Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona and a former Director of African Studiesa at Kalamazoo College, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is the author most recently of Is Apartheid Really Dead? Pan Africanist Working Class Cultural Critical Perspectives (Westview Press, Boulder, CO and Oxford, 2000)

  • Neo-colonial
  • Hierarchical
  • Indigenous
  • Tevolutionize
  • Transformation
  • Paradigms
  • Capitalistic
  • Eurocentric
  • Male-centered
  • Elitist
  • African
  • North American
  • Asian
  • Pacific
  • Epistemological
  • Creation
Person as Subject
  • Vine Deloria Linda Smith Malidoma Some Winona LaDuke Vanzan Paulo Freire

(30 min Conference Paper, English)