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Growing Our Own: Indigenous Research, Scholars and Education is theme of the second annual Alaska Native Studies Conference opening Friday at the University of Alaska Southeast. The conference runs through Sunday.
Keynote speakers are Jo-Ann Archibald, associate dean for indigenous education at the University of British Columbia-Vancouver and Malia Villegas, director of research policy, National Congress of American Indians. Archibald's book, "Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit," uses the metaphor of indigenous basket weaving to introduce readers to indigenous ways of understanding knowledge.
Villegas has a strong network across the Pacific, is a leader in community-based participatory research, and is involved in major policy in the areas of indigenous methodologies and research.
For details on the conference, including a full schedule, visit www.uas.alaska.edu/arts_sciences/humanities/alaska-languages/alaska-native-studies-conf.html