Thursday, November 13, 2008

"Living in two Worlds" and The Converging Knowledge Streams

Converging streams of knowledge means coming together in Western and Native knowledge systems. Students who learn of both are living in two worlds. The old Minto culture camp is an example of the streams. "Our mission is to honor our ancestors by preserving and protecting Athabascan values, knowledge, language and traditions. We aim to facilitate the passing on of these things from elders to youth, and to share our culture with others in the land of our grandmothers. We carry out these goals in the spirit of healthy lifestyles and education, and with respect for ourselves, the Earth and all life" (Barnhardt, 2005). The old Minto camp can help to learn the knowledge and value of the masks in different cultures.