"An Indigenous journey from the head to the heart of the spirit. This book makes a significant contribution." Kathleen E. Absolon, author of Kaandossiwin: How We Come to Know
In The Knowledge Seeker, Blair Stonechild shares his sixty-year journey of learning-from residential school to PhD and beyond-while trying to find a place for Indigenous spirituality in the classroom. Encouraged by an Elder who insisted sacred information be written down, Stonechild explores the underlying philosophy of his people's teachings to demonstrate that Indigenous spirituality can speak to our urgent, contemporary concerns.
"Stonechild was at the forefront of developing Indigenous education programs throughout Canada. This seminal, experiential work is not only about his personal journey, but also his culmination of years of experience with his own Cree culture and spirituality. An essential and courageous book." Brian Rice, author of The Rotinonshonni and Seeing the World with Aboriginal Eyes
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Wanting to Know—11
Chapter 2: Controlling Our Education—29
Chapter 3: The Great Principle—43
Chapter 4: The Great Law—69
Chapter 5: Once Powerful Healing—91
Chapter 6: Re-evaluating the Past—111
Chapter 7: Contemporary Crisis—131
Chapter 8: Modern Study of Spirit—161
Chapter 9: Restoring Balance—181
Epilogue: “Creator Does Not Lose His Children”—199
"It is only through spirituality that one can understand their role in life," he said.