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Critical Indigenous Literacies
Critical Indigenous literacies

What are critical Indigenous literacies? What does one mean by ‘Indigenous’? What does one mean by ‘literacies’? Why is literacy pluralized, and why is ‘critical’ necessary? What does it mean to be literate? As the set of questions demonstrate, there is a lot to unpack in the title of this chapter: ‘Critical Indigenous literacies.’ Unpacking it means going beyond the discipline of education into American Indian and Indigenous studies and situating the chapter in an historical and political context.1

The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s led to the development of multicultural education. In the 1980s and 1990s, critical multiculturalists pointed to its weaknesses. Taxel (1995: 155) described a trend toward addressing ‘the interests, concerns, and experiences of individuals and groups ...

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