Education in the North
Ways of Preserving and Enhancing Indigenous
Peoples' Languages and
Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle/Saale, December 13-15, 1997.
Symposium convened by Erich Kasten,
with financial support by the Volkswagen-Stiftung, Hannover.
Edited volume: Bicultural Education in the North »
This symposium is about the cultural diversity of the peoples of the
North, and how this can be maintained and enhanced in the future.
Anthropologists and ethnolinguists – as well as educators and those
involved in politics from Native communities in the North – contribute
to the current state of the debate on this issue. This may give us
clues and insights into both theory building and the implementation of
relevant community-based educational practices. At the outset it is
emphazised that indigenous needs and global responsibilities make the
maintaining of cultural diversity a matter for all of us. Some
contributors call attention to the need to work for adequate social,
political, and economic environments, so that cultural and linguistic
diversities can continue to thrive in the future. But most importantly,
our view is directed to the educational process itself. These themes
are further elaborated in various case studies, which focus on Siberia
and the North Pacific rim but provide comparative views from other
regions as well.