ICIK Seminar Series
Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing among the Ojibwe
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, 502 Keller Building
Exploring the Indigenous Ways of Knowing of the Ojibwe (CI ED 497A & AG 497A) was offered in
May 2007 by The College of Education & The College of Agricultural Sciences through the
Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK).
Learn more at www.ed.psu.edu/icik/
This course offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to learn Ojibwe ways of knowing
from tribal educators, political leaders, elders, spiritual leaders, artists, and environmentalists. Eighteen
Penn State students spent nearly three weeks in May and early June on the three largest Ojibwe
reservations in North America—Red Lake, Leech Lake, and White Earth Nations—immersed in the
history, geography, lifeways, culture, and worldview of the Anishinaabeg.
Cross-cultural immersion experiences provide students with rich opportunities for personal growth,
intellectual development, and cultural understanding. One student wrote that this immersion in Ojibwe
culture was as close to a conversion as he’d ever experienced. He returned to Penn State committed to
making the seven core values of Ojibwe worldview the center of his own relationship with Creator, with
the earth, and with all of humankind.
Dr. Martin and Penn State students will report on the structure and activities of the course, the people they
met, ceremonies they participated in, and new perspectives learned from the Ojibwe people during these
three life-changing weeks.
Dr. Bruce D. Martin grew up along the northern edge of the Red Lake Nation, Angle Inlet, Minnesota. He earned
a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from the University of Wisconsin and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of
Ministry degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served as cross-cultural seminar leader at Eastern
Mennonite University. In addition to spending a sabbatical year among the Ojibwe, he has led several seminars in
Ojibwe country in the US and Canada.