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Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary field grounded in the languages, histories, geographies, and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples

Oral Histories

Indigenous Oral Histories are significant sources of knowledge for Indigenous Peoples. Historically, Western society has not properly acknowledged Indigenous Oral Histories and as such these Histories have been devalued, stolen or appropriated. Oral Histories may include works that Westerners would label as folklore or myths. Elder Knowledge is a form of Oral Histories that Westerners would label as "personal communications". In Indigenous Communities all Oral Histories are authoritative sources and should be treated with care and respect. 

Oral History: Web Resources
Raven Space - multimedia, peer reviewed, community reviewed, Elder Knowledge, Oral Histories, ebooks
Four Directions Teachings - Elder Knowledge, Oral Histories
Circle of Indigenous Languages - Stories shared by Elders and community members in their Indigenous language
Storywork Give Away for Educators - Amy Parent offers guidelines on the use of oral and traditional stories

Oral History: DVDs and Streaming
The Myth of Aboriginal Stories Being Myth (streaming)
Indigenous Storywork in Practice with Jo-ann Q’um Q’um Xiiem Archibald (streaming)

Please consult our citation and reference section for guidelines on citing Oral Histories.


book cover: Indigenous Storywork
People of the Land
Salish Elders
Raven Steals the Light
Salish Myths and Legends