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Title:Pueblo Voices: Defining the Role of Pueblo Education
Author(s):Schultz, Holger S.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Coombs, Fred,
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Administration
Abstract:The Pueblo community perspective, as articulated by parents, students, traditional elders, and contemporary educators regarding the role of Pueblo education is essential to positive school change. With this premise in mind, I conducted extensive interviews in an attempt to understand more clearly what parents, traditional elders, and other Pueblo community members perceived the role of Santa Fe Indian School and other schools for Pueblo students to be. I found a strong consensus among the people I interviewed. The purpose of education was defined as being to educate students so they can get good jobs and support their families, and to enable them to contribute to keeping their Pueblo community strong by retaining native language and tradition. There is strong evidence to support the theory that the most important factor in retaining native language and culture is the means of earning a livelihood. There was very little erosion of traditional cultural practices when subsistence farming was the primary source of livelihood. However, as large numbers of community members began to seek employment off the reservations, the change in means of earning a livelihood was accompanied by rapid erosion of native language use and traditional cultural practices. Effective education such as Community-Based Education, a model program at Santa Fe Indian school, holds promise for accomplishing the purpose for Indian education defined in this study.
Issue Date:1998
Description:238 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9904580
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1998

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