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Indigenous Storywork

Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit

Jo-ann Archibald worked closely with Coast Salish Elders and storytellers, who shared both traditional and personal life-experience stories, in order to develop ways of bringing storytelling into educational contexts. Indigenous Storywork is the result of this research and it demonstrates how stories have the power to educate and heal the heart, mind, body, and spirit. It builds on the seven principles of respect, responsibility, reciprocity, reverence, holism, interrelatedness, and synergy that form a framework for understanding the characteristics of stories, appreciating the process of storytelling, establishing a receptive learning context, and engaging in holistic meaning-making.

192 pages

Table of Contents


1 The Journey Begins

2 Coyote Searching for the Bone Needle

3 Learning about Storywork from Sto:lo Elders

4 The Power of Stories for Educating the Heart

5 Storywork in Action

6 Storywork Pedagogy

7 A Give-Away




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