Healing the split head of outdoor recreation and outdoor education

Revisiting Indigenous knowledge from multiple perspectives

Authored by: Philip Mullins , Gregory Lowan-Trudeau , Karen Fox

Routledge International Handbook of Outdoor Studies

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138782884
eBook ISBN: 9781315768465
Adobe ISBN: 9781317666523


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Worldwide, Indigenous peoples are increasingly revitalising, sustaining and sharing worldviews and practices grounded in intimate relationships with the natural world and specific spaces and places for the benefit of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples alike (Cajete, 1994; Battiste, 1998). Cajete (2001) has called for healing the ‘split head’ of North American society, working to heal the physical and existential fissures between Indigenous and Western communities, and between humanity and ecology. Our chapter explores outdoor recreation and education in this spirit from a North American perspective grounded in understandings of European colonialism worldwide.

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