Blackfoot ways of knowing: the worldview of the Siksikaitsitapi

Subject: Social Sciences

Course Level: 1st Year Undergrad, 2nd Year Undergrad, 3rd Year Undergrad, 4th Year Undergrad, 5th Year Undergrad, Graduate

Resource Type: Textbook

Date Released: N/A

Description: The book Blackfoot ways of knowing: the worldview of the Siksikaitsitapi (2004) by Blackfoot scholar Betty Bastien is available via open access e-book available through creative commons license. The book is written in accessible English language with complementary inclusion of Blackfoot language with applicable glossaries in Siksikaitsipowahsin-English and English-Siksikaitsipowashsin. The books scope and content is relevant to first year college to graduate level learners in Indigenous Studies and across disciplines and covers a range of topics that come from within the worldviews of the Siksikaitsitapi Blackfoot people with 19 chapters organized within the broader themes on: Context, Tribal Protocol and Affirmative Inquiry, Affirmation of Indigenous Knowledge, and Renewal of Ancestral Responsibilities as an Antidote to Genocide. The book is written from and within a Blackfoot scholar’s perspective and incorporates traditional knowledge carriers and elder’s perspectives relevant to the original teachings and renewal of Blackfoot ways of knowing. Further, the book’s contents identify the impacts of colonization to Blackfoot and broader Indigenous peoples while maintaining a hopeful outlook on the regeneration of Blackfoot teachings with relevance to the responsibilities of diverse Indigenous peoples and societies in the resurgence of Indigenous knowledge and relationship to the sacred. The book is flexible enough that it could be used as chapters in the creation of a textbook free course or across a program complimenting material from other sources or as a whole open access e-book for a course.

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Date of Review: 2016-09-13

Review Details

Rubric V Scoring Guide

3: An object is rated superior for its opportunities for deeper learning only if all of the following are true:

  • At least three of the deeper learning skills from the list identified in this rubric are required in the object.
  • The object offers a range of cognitive demand that is appropriate and supportive of the material.
  • Appropriate scaffolding and direction are provided.

2: An object is rated strong for its opportunities for deeper learning if it includes one or two deeper learning skills identified in this rubric. For example, the object might involve a complex problem that requires abstract reasoning skills to reach a solution.

1: An object is rated limited for its opportunities for deeper learning if it includes one deeper learning skill identified in the rubric but is missing clear guidance on how to tap into the various aspects of deeper learning. For example, an object might include a provision for learners to collaborate, but the process and product are unclear.

0: An object is rated very weak for its opportunities for deeper learning if it appears to be designed to provide some of the deeper learning opportunities identified in this rubric, but it is not useful as it is presented. For example, the object might be based on poorly formulated problems and/or unclear directions, making it unlikely that this lesson or activity will lead to skills like critical thinking, abstract reasoning, constructing arguments, or modelling.

N/A: This rubric is not applicable (N/A) to an object that does not appear to be designed to provide the opportunity for deeper learning, even though one might imagine how it could be used to do so. Even if one might imagine ways an object could be used for assessment purposes, if it is not the intended purpose, not applicable is the appropriate score.

Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter 3
Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching 1
Quality of Assessments N/A
Quality of Instructional and Practice Exercises N/A
Opportunities for Deeper Learning N/A

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Subject Matter: Social Sciences

Subcategories: Indigenous Studies

Levels: 1st Year Undergrad, 2nd Year Undergrad, 3rd Year Undergrad, 4th Year Undergrad, 5th Year Undergrad, Graduate

Format: eBook

Type: Textbook

Comments: Creating a disability accessible open access e-book would be of value.

Peer Reviewer Name: Kirsten Mikkelsen

License for this resource:

Creative Commons Licence Except where otherwise noted. Blackfoot ways of knowing: the worldview of the Siksikaitsitapi is licensed for use and reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.