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ABSTRACT. Tlingit scholars and elders are glaringly aware of the need to re-connect with their deep ancestral histories by re-searching western literature alongside primary indigenous culture and knowledge-bearers of the Tlingit culture. The exploration and inclusion of indigenous knowledges at broader policy levels like the Arctic Council and public education are indicative of sound community-based and indigenous-led research. Indigenous peoples require time amongst themselves to research and valdiate their own forms of research and learning and teaching. For many indigenous learners, the quest for identity is afforded through scholarly research, coupled with indigenous-led education schemes. Tlingit literacy frameworks and history are clan-owned and protected. Self-determination and self-government will ensure that our Tlingit culture does not drift away. pp. 44–57

Keywords: elder-led education; indigenous literacy frameworks; knowledge-bearers; Tlingit culture

NORMA SHORTY
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