Trying to Get It Back: Indigenous Women, Education and Culture

Trying to Get It Back: Indigenous Women, Education and Culture

by Gillian Weiss

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Trying to Get It Back: Indigenous Women, Education and Culture by Gillian Weiss

Trying to Get It Back: Indigenous Women, Education and Culture examines aspects of the lives of six women from three generations of two indigenous families. Their combined memories, experiences and aspirations cover the entire twentieth century.

The first family, Pearl McKenzie, Pauline Coulthard and Charlene Tree are a mother, daughter and granddaughter of the Adnyamathanha people of the Flinders Range in South Australia. The second family consists of Bernie Sound, her neice Valerie Bourne and Valerie’s daughter, Brandi McLeod — Sechelt women from British Columbia, Canada.

They talk to Gillian Weiss about their memories of childhood, informal learning and schooling, their experience and changing aspirations in raising their own children and educating them in both their traditional and the dominant cultures. They also talk to each other via video conferencing, sharing their personal experience and those of their peoples as colonized nations, and they discuss their current positions as they fight to reclaim, regain and revitalize their traditional cultures. The education of their own peoples as well as the dominant societies is something they see as crucial for their futures; it is a path that they feel has already acheived some success. They document the difficulties, the pain, but also the triumphs of growing up in Western societies.

The narratives are in their own words, speaking directly to the reader and allowing analysis and interpretation at multiple levels. They are prefaced by a brief history of the two peoples and set between a methodological Foreword and a summative Afterword by Gillian Weiss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889203785
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2000
Pages: 347
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Gillian Weiss has taught in the faculties of Education at University of British Columbia, the University of Western Sydney-Nepean and the University of Adelaide. She is currently a research fellow at the University of Adelaide.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
Trying to Get It Back: Indigenous Women, Education and Culture, edited by Gillian Weiss

List of Illustrations

Preface

Foreword

Pearl McKenzie

Pauline Coulthard

Charlene Tree

Bernie Sound

Valerie Bourne

Brandi McLeod

Talking Together

Afterword

Appendix 1

Bibliography

Index

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