chapter  2
Haa Shageinyaa
“Point Your Canoe Downstream and Keep Your Head Up!”
ByNaadli Todd Lee Ormiston
Pages 12

I draw upon haa shageinyaa, a Tlingit term that illustrates philosophies, teachings and knowledge based in life, ceremonial and land teachings. Through my experience on a Canoe Journey, I conceptualize how to transform this into a unique teaching pedagogy that shares how Indigenous knowledge is a form of embodied practice, a way of being and doing-in-the-world. Paddling as pedagogy requires a broader form of knowledge; as paddlers, we must work in collaboration to navigate the waters, the weather, wildlife, spiritual and cultural teachings. Therefore, collaboration is not an abstract term; collaborative relationships based on trust and mutuality are the vanguards of survival within education systems.