This past week, the editors of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society had the honor of being able to attend the annual meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) held in Washington, DC. Many amazing things are happening in the field of Indigenous studies and it was exciting to see and hear from so many amazing scholars and activists.
It was also announced at the annual meeting that an article published in Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society was the winner of “Most thought-provoking 2014 article in Native American and Indigenous Studies.” We were honored to have been given the chance to nominate Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s essay “Land as Pedagogy: Nishnaabeg Intelligence and Rebellious Transformation” and humbled to see her article win the award, which was voted on by the members of NAISA.
Leanne’s article is a powerful challenge to scholars to not stop at attempts to ‘indigenize’ the academy, but to further interrogate the politics of their recognition within academic institutions, and to think more critically about how to demonstrate and embody land as pedagogy within Indigenous education.
“Land as Pedagogy” was published as part of a special issue on Indigenous land-based pedagogy, which you can read in its entirety here: http://decolonization.org/index.php/des/issue/view/1584
You can read “Land as Pedagogy: Nishnaabeg Intelligence and Rebellious Transformation” here: http://decolonization.org/index.php/des/article/view/22170/17985
Decolonization looks forward to continuing to work with and support innovative scholars such as Leanne, and continuing to publish thought provoking, open access work that pushes beyond and against the academy. Many congratulations to Leanne on her award!