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Indigenous Storywork

Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit

by (author) Jo-Ann Archibald

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2008
Social Science, Native American Studies, General, Professional Development
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Jo-ann Archibald worked closely with Coast Salish Elders and storytellers, who shared both traditional and personal life-experience stories, in order to develop ways of bringing storytelling into educational contexts. Indigenous Storywork is the result of this research and it demonstrates how stories have the power to educate and heal the heart, mind, body, and spirit. It builds on the seven principles of respect, responsibility, reciprocity, reverence, holism, interrelatedness, and synergy that form a framework for understanding the characteristics of stories, appreciating the process of storytelling, establishing a receptive learning context, and engaging in holistic meaning-making.

About the author

A member of the Stó:lo Nation, Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, or Qâ??um Qâ??um Xiiem, is described as a visionary and an agent of change and is nationally recognized for creating culturally relevant teacher education and graduate programs for Aboriginal students. During her career of more than 40 years, her work transformed the learning landscape through curriculum and program development, policy, teaching and research.

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Editorial Reviews

Jo-Ann Archibald, Q’um Q’um Xiiem, has gifted us here with a sensitive glimpse into the thoughts of her Sto:lo elders. In doing this, she presents folklorists with a great deal of useful emic information. And she offers guidelines for educators who hope to use story with children. Her elders show us how to not just tell stories … but how to make meaning of the tales through storywork.

Western Folklore

[The] author’s self-reflection on the multiple roles she balanced as a researcher is appreciated, and her text serves as an excellent testimonial for the efficacy and successes of researchers working collaboratively with indigenous communities.

Choice, Vol.46, No.01

Archibald’s research studies how people, including herself, live with their stories; moreover, how people can live well with their stories. […] Here, stories are not material for analysis; they are not folklore with its implication of museum culture, and they are certainly not “data.” Stories take on their own life and become teachers. […] In her spiraling, iterative style, Archibald gets as close as any book I have found to a truly narrative pedagogy, as opposed to a pedagogy of narrative. […] To stay with her writing is to experience how stories work in and on a life.

Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol.33, No. 3

Librarian Reviews

Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit

This book explores the idea and function of storytelling in Aboriginal culture. It specifically looks at the stories and storytelling culture of the Coast Salish of British Columbia. This resource is particularly useful for teachers wanting to know more about traditional Aboriginal storytelling and the role of storytelling and storytellers in Aboriginal cultures. Included is a chapter on how the author took part in developing an elementary curriculum that incorporated traditional storytelling. The book was written to describe the author’s research into storytelling as part of her work with the Native Indian Teacher Education Program at UBC but does contain a lot of useful information for teachers wishing to incorporate Aboriginal storytelling into their teaching.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

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