American Education from a Tribal Perspective


  • Greg Cajete


tribal education, learning, Indigenous teaching, curriculum development


In this piece, Dr. Cajete offers the holistic context in which Indigenous-based learning exists. He contrasts this approach to the relatively disconnected approach typical in American educational approaches. He calls for Indian voices to collaboratively bring forth a return to this holistic orientation, closing with 24 elements which characterize Indigenous education and processes.

Author Biography

Greg Cajete

Gregory Cajete is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He has lectured at colleges and universities around the world.  He served as Dean of the Center for Research and Cultural Exchange, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Director of Native American Studies and an emeritus Professor in the Division of Language, Literacy and Socio-cultural Studies in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico. He has authored 10 books books, including Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education; Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence and Critical Neurophilosophy and Indigenous Wisdom (co-authored with Four Arrows and Jongmin Lee).  and Sacred Journeys: Personal Visions of Indigenous Education (John Charlton Publishers Ltd.). Dr. Cajete also has chapters in 37 other books along with numerous articles and has given over 300 national and international presentations.