Perspectives on Indigenous writing and literacies


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Exploring Indigenous writing and literacies across five continents, this volume celebrates the resilience of Indigenous languages. This book makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the contemporary challenges facing Indigenous writing and literacies and argues that innovative and creative ideas can create a hopeful future for Indigenous writing. Contributions following the themes ‘Sketching the Context’, ‘Enhancing Writing’, and ‘Creating the Future’ are concluded with two reflective chapters evidencing the importance of volume’s thesis for the future of Indigenous writing and literacies. This volume encourages the development of research in this area, specifically inviting the international writing research community to engage with Indigenous peoples and support research on the nexus of Indigenous writing, literacies and education.

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Coppéllie Cocq, Ph.D. (2008), Umeå University, Sweden, is Professor of European Ethnology at the University of Helsinki, specializing in Minority Studies. She extends folkloristic approaches to various forms of expressive culture including digital expressions of folklore.

Kirk PH Sullivan, Ph.D. (1992), Southampton University, Ed.D. (2010), Bristol University, is Professor of Linguistics at Umeå University, Sweden. He has published many articles on Indigenous writing, computer keystroke logging, and other aspects of educational linguistics.
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1 Indigenous Writing and Literacies: Perspectives from Five ContinentsCoppélie Cocq and Kirk P.H. Sullivan

Part 1 Sketching the Context

2 “I’ve Admired Them for Doing so Well”: Where to Now for Indigenous Languages and Literacies?Nathan John Albury
3 Indigenous Education: Affirming Indigenous Knowledges and Languages from a Turtle Island Indigenous Scholar’s Perspective: Pikiskēwinan (Let Us Voice)Laara Fitznor
4 Literacy Proficiency among Students in Aotearoa-New Zealand: Why the Gap between Māori and Pākehā?Dean Sutherland

Part 2 Enhancing Writing

5 Indigenous Storytelling and Language Learning: Digital Media as Vehicle for Cultural Transmission and Language AcquisitionJames Barrett and Coppélie Cocq
6 Enhancing Information Accessibility and Digital Literacy for Minorities Using Language Technology—the Example of Sámi and Other National Minority Languages in SwedenRickard Domeij, Ola Karlsson, Sjur Moshagen and Trond Trosterud

Part 3 Creating the Future

7 Teachers, Textbooks, and Orthographic Choices in Quechua: Bilingual Intercultural Education in Peru and EcuadorNancy H. Hornberger and Nicholas Limerick
8 Researching Writing Development to Support Language Maintenance and Revitalization Design and Methodological ChallengesHanna Outakoski, Eva Lindgren, Asbjørg Westum and Kirk P.H. Sullivan
9 Indigenous Literacy in South Africa: an Argument for Psycholinguistically Responsive TeachingMark de Vos

Part 4 Reflections

10 A Coda and a PrefaceShelley Stagg Peterson
11 Education is Not Sufficient—Exploring Ways to Support and Research Indigenous Writing and LiteraciesKirk P.H. Sullivan, Virginia Langum and Coppélie Cocq
All interested in Indigenous studies, sociolinguistics, and writing studies. Students, include teacher education students, practitioners working with writing in Indigenous setting, and anyone interesting in linguistic human rights.
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