Kinship Worldview

Indigenous Authors Going Deeper With Holistic Education

Edited by:
Paul Freedman, Holistic Education Review
Four Arrows, Antioch University

Published 2024

Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Authors Going Deeper with Holistic Education is a collection of essays and poems offering testimony to the holism of original traditional Indigenous ways of knowing, teaching and learning. Each chapter describes an Indigenous orientation to holistic education that explores deeply into the sacred interconnectedness of all life on Mother Earth. This collection from internationally recognized Indigenous scholars and leaders reflects a “coherent worldview encompassing the processes of the world and how we humans find meaning in those processes” (Wildcat 2001, 7 – From Power and Place: Indian Education in America. Fulcrum Publishing).

Indigenous worldview is the ultimate foundation for holistic education. Unfortunately, holistic education has been held back by post-colonial worlding, defined as the result of colonizing hegemony being intrinsic to most educational systems in dominant cultural schooling. As a result, implementation of this holistic ideal has fallen short of what we need to achieve in education. Here is a collection that returns to the roots of holism.


"This is an extraordinary collection of essays by wise Indigenous educators who share wisdom and practices from their personal experiences. In reading these, it becomes heartbreakingly clear how our profound levels of disconnection from each other and Mother Earth have brought us to this present reality of disaffected and lost students, exhausted teachers, overwhelmed administrators, and the escalating intrusion of political agendas into the classroom. Thankfully, for those of us willing to stay in the struggle, this beautiful work offers true solutions for how to reconnect with Life’s energies and persevere together, just as Native peoples have done for millennia. I am so grateful for this book." — Margaret Wheatley, Author

"We two legged, big brained, hominid creatures are kin to all that ever was, is, and ever will be. The contributors here ask what that means for how we think, learn, and educate our young. This is no fringe pedagogy, but educational first responders coming to rescue a culture in a five-alarm crisis. It is a very good time to reconsider education--the process of drawing forth--and summon the Angels of our better natures, who have been there all along." — David W. Orr, Arizona State University

"For too long, we have sought to impose the tyranny of our pulverising mind on the self-creating, self-organising, and self-sustaining generosity of the all-blessing universal soul manifesting itself in all phenomena - unconditionally and impartially. Modern education, for all the good that it has done, has progressively alienated itself from the nourishing graces of the Sector Noble it was meant to be and stands in dire need of resuscitation and restoration to its original purpose. The present anthology offers, in my view, a most compelling invitation to look into the soul of education deriving its vital life-force from the deep recesses of the fecund womb of all-embracing sovereign Nature." — Thakur S Powdyel, former Minister of Education, Royal Government of Bhutan

Introduction: Introducing the Collection: “Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Authors Going Deeper With Holistic Education”, Four Arrows (Wahinkpe Topa) aka Don Trent Jacobs. Foreword: Welcome, Paul Freedman. From a Much Deeper Place: ‘Indigenous Worlding’ as Next Step in Holistic Education, Four Arrows (Wahinkpe Topa) aka Don Trent Jacobs. American Education from a Tribal Perspective, Greg Cajete. An Indigenous Perspective on Modern Education, Ilarion (Kuuyux) Merculieff. Aboriginal Pedagogy: Integrity in Academic and Cultural Practice, Tyson Yunkaporta. Plurality, Equity and Meaning Making with Indigenous Knowledges, Deepa Srikantaiah, Brett Grant, & Shytance Wren. Lakota Epistemology as Holistic Being, Ethleen Iron Cloud Two Dogs. How It Might Have Been, Devona Lone Wolf. Embracing Sacredness in Education: Indigenous Psychology and the Seven Daily Walks, Arthur W. Blume. It’s in Our DNA! Holism as an Indigenous Worldview Approach to Happiness, Frank Bracho. Proven Sustainable Teachings from Indigenous and Maroon Peoples: A Model for Holistic Educators, Sox Sperry. Recovering the Spirit, Bone by Bone: Colonization and the Classroom, Amba J. Sepie. I Live Here, Shannon Kenny. Living Holistically: Practicing the Navajo Principles of Hózh ǫánd K’é, Miranda Jensen Haskie. Learning to Walk Relationally and Live Me tis, Jennifer Markides. Learning From the “Least of These”: Haraway’s “Making Kin,” Filipino Indigenous “Kapwa,” and Other Holistic (and Subversive) Ways of Knowing, S. Lily Mendoza. Book Review: Indigenous Wisdom for Restoring Our World, Vicki Zakrzewski. Biographies.