Indigenous Ways of Knowing

This episode features a conversation on Indigenous Ways of Knowing with David Begay and Nancy Maryboy.

David is a member of the Navajo Nation. He received his Ph.D from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, with a concentration in Indigenous Education and Application of Traditional Knowledge. David is Adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. 

Nancy is the President and Founder of the Indigenous Education Institute whose mission is preserving, protecting, and applying indigenous knowledge.  She is also President of Wohali Production, Inc., consulting in the areas of indigenous science, indigenous astronomy, Native American education, curriculum development, film making, and strategic planning. 

Our host is Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe and professor at Yale University.

In this conversation, David and Nancy invite us to understand Navajo ways of knowing.  They describe a worldview that is place-based, emphasizes kinship and connection, and intimately orients the human within an interrelated and unified cosmos. 

We hope you enjoy the Journey!


What is our place in the 14-billion-year history of the universe?

What roles do we play in Earth's history?

How do we connect with the intricate web of life?

This podcast series is part of a larger project called Journey of the Universe that invites us to reflect on these questions. It consists of a film, a book, a series of conversations, and online classes.  

The creators of the Journey project imagine that by knowing more about the universe and Earth we will also know more about ourselves. This may give us grounds for navigating our own journey in challenging times.  

How did we come to be part of this universe story?  

How do we belong and how can we participate in its future flourishing?  

This series is a gateway into exploring these questions. 

In these podcasts of the Journey of the Universe Conversations we will meet scientists and historians, environmentalists and teachers, gardeners and urban planners. All of them are reflecting on how we can be more fully alive in this context of participating in a universe story.

Connect deeply with these materials and more via the Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times Specialization, a series of Massive Online Open Courses hosted by Coursera and created by Yale.

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