The Digital Storywork Partnership: Community-centered social studies to revitalize Indigenous histories and cultural knowledges
Stanton, Christine Rogers
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Indigenous communities have always cultivated social studies learning that is interactive, dynamic, and integrated with traditional knowledges. To confront the assimilative and deculturalizing education that accompanied European settlement of the Americas, Montana has adopted Indian Education for All (IEFA). This case study evaluates the Digital Storywork Partnership (DSP), which strives to advance the goals of IEFA within and beyond the social studies classroom through community-centered research and filmmaking. Results demonstrate the potential for DSP projects to advance culturally revitalizing education, community connectedness, and identity-development. The DSP offers a model for social studies education that is not only culturally affirming and revitalizing for Indigenous communities, but also holds potential for use in all communities. We conclude with recommendations for educators, scholars, and community members engaged in similar efforts.
Stanton, Christine Rogers, Brad Hall, and Jioanna Carjuzaa. "The Digital Storywork Partnership: Community-centered social studies to revitalize Indigenous histories and cultural knowledges." Journal of Social Studies Research (September 2018). DOI:10.1016/j.jssr.2018.08.001.