Chapter 12 Educated by the Jungle

How Vedda Wisdom Can Impact Ecocritical Pedagogy

In: Ecocritical Perspectives in Teacher Education
Meneka Repka
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In this chapter I work to de-stabilize existing narratives about what school and education can mean. Specifically, I seek to expand discussions of Indigeneity in educational research spaces to include global voices in addition to the important local knowledges that also continue to be marginalized. I begin situating myself in the topic by discussing my social location and connection to eco-critical pedagogy, I then provide an overview of the theoretical frameworks that inform this work, and follow this with relevant contextual background. Next, I share an introduction to the Veddas, a group of Indigenous peoples in Sri Lanka, including a discussion of the impact of colonialism on the Veddas, and offer specific insights from Vedda elders. Finally, I discuss the pedagogical implications and applicability of this work.

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