Film produced by the Native American Academy © 2012
Produced, Directed, and Edited by Rose von Thater-Braan and Melissa K. Nelson
Little is known about how Native Americans learn,
a mystery with tragic consequences.
In the history of the United States,
Native Americans have not been allowed to learn
within their own languages and traditions.
The Imposition of the Western education system
through residential schools, was the
first of continuing attempts to force
confined to learn only in Eurocentric systems
have poor success rates.
The experience can be described as
“looking into a mirror
and having the mirror look away.”
Recognizing that cognitive pluralism
is key to culturally authentic
The National Science Foundation
made an award funding a series of
The lodges use the Native paradigm to
explore Indigenous learning processes,
Educating native and western scientists,
teachers, students and policy makers.