1st Edition

Land Education Rethinking Pedagogies of Place from Indigenous, Postcolonial, and Decolonizing Perspectives

Edited By Kate McCoy, Eve Tuck, Marcia McKenzie Copyright 2016
    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    This important book on Land Education offers critical analysis of the paths forward for education on Indigenous land. This analysis discusses the necessity of centring historical and current contexts of colonization in education on and in relation to land. In addition, contributors explore the intersections of environmentalism and Indigenous rights, in part inspired by the realisation that the specifics of geography and community matter for how environmental education can be engaged.

    This edited volume suggests how place-based pedagogies can respond to issues of colonialism and Indigenous sovereignty. Through dynamic new empirical and conceptual studies, international contributors examine settler colonialism, Indigenous cosmologies, Indigenous land rights, and language as key aspects of Land Education. The book invites readers to rethink 'pedagogies of place' from various Indigenous, postcolonial, and decolonizing perspectives. This book was originally published as a special issue of Environmental Education Research.

    Introduction – Land education: Indigenous, post-colonial, and decolonizing perspectives on place and environmental education research Eve Tuck, Marcia McKenzie and Kate McCoy

    1. Speaking back to Manifest Destinies: a land education-based approach to critical curriculum inquiry Dolores Calderon

    2. Muskrat theories, tobacco in the streets, and living Chicago as Indigenous land Megan Bang, Lawrence Curley, Adam Kessel, Ananda Marin, Eli S. Suzukovich III and George Strack

    3. Sea Country: navigating Indigenous and colonial ontologies in Australian environmental education Hilary Whitehouse, Felecia Watkin Lui, Juanita Sellwood, M.J. Barrett and Philemon Chigeza

    4. An African-centred approach to land education Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro and Karanja Keita Carroll

    5. Manifesting Destiny: a land education analysis of settler colonialism in Jamestown, Virginia, USA Kate McCoy

    6. Hoea Ea: land education and food sovereignty in Hawaii Manulani Aluli Meyer

    7. Between the remnants of colonialism and the insurgence of self-narrative in constructing participatory social maps: towards a land education methodology Michèle Sato, Regina Silva and Michelle Jaber

    8. A ghetto land pedagogy: an antidote for settler environmentalism La Paperson

    9. Eco-heroes out of place and relations: decolonizing the narratives of Into the Wild and Grizzly Man through Land education Lisa Korteweg and Jan Oakley


    Kate McCoy is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and affiliated faculty of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz, NY, USA. Her scholarship focuses on qualitative research methods and representation, cultural studies of addiction and drug use, and historical and contemporary uses of drug-crop agriculture in colonial processes.

    Eve Tuck is Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. Her scholarship focuses on the ethics of social science research and educational research, Indigenous social and political thought, decolonizing research methodologies and theories of change, and the consequences of neoliberal accountability policies on school completion.

    Marcia McKenzie is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Director of the Sustainability Education Research Institute at University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections of environment and education, educational policy and practice, youth identity and place, and the politics of social science research.