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Title:In beauty, I walk: toward a maternal praxis of Diné decolonization
Author(s):Davidson, Charlotte
Director of Research:Gilbert, Matthew S.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Darder, Antonia
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Gilbert, Matthew S.; Anderson, James D.; Emerson, Larry
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Indigenous Decolonization
Higher Education
American Indian
Traditional Knowledge
Abstract:This dissertation proposes a potential pathway to rethink how Diné matrilineal knowledge can work to inform a Diné female academic identity. In keeping with the decolonizing traditions of Indigenous scholars, I will use a Beautyway lens—as mediated by Diné traditional learning modalities—to explore how the narrations of three generations of Navajo rug weavers, Shimásáni (my maternal grandmother, Sally Yazzie), Shimáyázhí (my mother’s sister, Lena Yazzie), Shimá (my mother, Nora Wilkinson), and Shideezhi (my younger sister, Sallie Wilkinson), point to the contemporary criticality of the primacy of feminine agency—a heuristic and familial intelligence. To this end, I will engage the transformative possibilities that can dialogically emerge from a rewoven matrifocal understanding of the world, and its implications for conducting doctoral research, as well as how it informs institutional persistence as a Diné research doctorate.
Issue Date:2014-01-16
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Charlotte Elizabeth Davidson
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-01-16
Date Deposited:2013-12

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