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PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

PHILOSOPHY BY REGION

BRUCE FERGUSON'S

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​Where the Rivers Meet (WTRM) Website

A SUGGESTED APPROACH TO THE STUDY AND THINKING ABOUT INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY:


As an indigenous student of philosophy myself I want to offer this framework as a possible way for students to approach indigenous material from the perspective of a philosopher engaged - at the minimum - with mainstream philosophical training.  Of course, the more you know about indigenous issues, life, thought, etc., AND the more you know about non-mainstream and Eastern philosophy, the better off you all are.  However, none of us are at the same place in our knowledge base; that should not stop us from engaging and learning about how to think about indigenous thinking.


ESTABLISH A STARTING POINT


Recognize your strong and weak point in knowledge about both indigenous thought and more formal western or mainstream philosophy.  Begin to build strength in your area of weakness.  For me, my weakness as an indigenous learner, is the mainstream philosophical body of knowledge.  So, I have started to take courses in mainstream philosophy for two years now and that is beginning to give me a framework to look at indigenous knowledge - at least as an elementary approach - from the perspectives of mainstream philosophy.  You may be different and have to increase your knoweldge in the are of indigenous experience, thought and so forth to balance the two knowledge basis in order to understand relationships and to begin articulating thought about Indigenous thought.


FINDING SOURCES


A.   Indigenous, First Nations, Aboriginal Worlds



Your own university or public library and internet search engines:  type up the words "indigenous", "aboriginal", "First Nations", "Native American", "Metis", 'Mestizo", etc. (any word you can think about that is equivalent to indigenous) AND philosophy. 


Professor Hermann's annotated bibliography - This is a philosophy professor who put together a detailed bibliography as part of his sabbaticals.  The link is:  http://www.indigenousthoughts.net/prof.-herman-s-bibliograhy.html


Searches through on-line book stores (i.e. Amazon): - again google up words like indigenous philosophy, look up Native American collections and so forth.





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