Indigenous Science Keynote Address: Dr. Gregory Cajete

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Dr. Gregory Cajete

The BCSP Psychedelic Facilitation Certificate Program team is delighted to invite you to a special lecture on “Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence” featuring Dr. Gregory Cajete, Professor Emeritus in the Division of Language, Literacy and Socio-Cultural Studies in the College of Education, University of New Mexico. The lecture will take place on November 16 from 4:30-6:30pm at UC Berkeley.

November 16 from 4:30-6:30 pm
Room 1104, Berkeley Way West
2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

This event is co-sponsored by the Othering & Belonging Institute and the Berkeley School of Education.

Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence

Native science is based on an ecological philosophy. It is not based on rational thought alone but incorporates to the fullest degree all aspects of interactions of “man in and of nature,” that is, the knowledge and truth gained from the interaction of body, mind, soul and spirit with all aspects of nature. In process, reflection and practice, native science as a subset of native philosophy embodies the natural system characteristics of diversity, optimization, cooperation, self-regulation, change, creativity, connectedness and niche. Ultimately, native science in all its diverse expression in Indigenous cultures is a life-centered knowledge base.  

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“The Asking” by Dr. Gregory Cajete

Biography of Dr. Gregory Cajete

Dr. Gregory Cajete is a Native American educator whose work is dedicated to honoring the foundations of Indigenous knowledge in education. Cajete is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He is a practicing ceramic, pastel and metal artist, and is extensively involved with art and its application to education. Cajete is also a scholar of herbalism and holistic health, and designs culturally-responsive curricula geared to the special needs and learning styles of Native American students.

He worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 21 years. While at the Institute, he served as dean of the Center for Research and Cultural Exchange, chair of Native American Studies and professor of Ethno-Science. He served as the director of Native American Studies for 18 years and is Professor Emeritus in the Division of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico. In addition, he has lectured at colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, England, France and Germany.

Cajete has authored 10 books: Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education (1994), Ignite the Sparkle: An Indigenous Science Education Curriculum Model (1999), A People’s Ecology: Explorations in Sustainable Living (1999), Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence (2000), Spirit of the Game: Indigenous Wellsprings (2004), Critical Neurophilosophy and Indigenous Wisdom (coauthored with Four Arrows and Jongmin Lee, 2010), Indigenous Community: Teachings of the Seventh Fire (2015), Native Minds Rising (2020), and Sacred Journeys (2020). Cajete also has chapters in 36 other books, along with numerous articles and over 350 national and international presentations.

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