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Four Directions Teaching is a visually stunning, audio narrated resource for learning about indigenous knowledge and philosophy from five diverse First Nations in Canada.
Four Directions Teaching honours oral tradition by creating an environment where visitors are encouraged to listen as each elder/traditional teacher shares a teaching from their perspective on the richness and value of cultural traditions from their culture.
Teachers may select any combination of videos representing the traditions of the five First Nations and further explore their chosen focus with the help of the accompanying age-appropriate lesson plans.
Four Directions Teaching has particular relevance for those courses that focus on Aboriginal language and culture and will help to instill cultural pride in Aboriginal communities, especially among Aboriginal youth. It also may be used to introduce a broader student audience to the Aboriginal worldview.
Teachers have considerable flexibility in using the resource as it provides insight into particular cultural elements of five First Nations and supports the interactive video component with lesson plans.
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