Occasional Papers


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Tapestry Institute’s Occasional Papers series began publication in January of 2015. The series offers an alternative means to disseminate knowledge outside the peer-reviewed journal system of Western academia. Papers include text, image, and video, integrated or as stand-alone materials that convey information authentically, striving to make it possible for those who access the papers to learn in a participatory way.

An important goal of the Tapestry Occasional Papers is to discover means of information dissemination that approximate the original process of learning by the author. Sources of information and means of dissemination should include and integrate different ways of learning and knowing. Wherever possible the role of the Land and of relationship to the learning process is to be acknowledged and elucidated rather than hidden or rendered invisible. Exceptions are of course made for situations in which the natural source of information specifically requests anonymity for its own reasons. Citation information for each paper will be provided for scholars so that the information presented may be used in academic and scholarly publications.

This system of dissemination is experimental and exploratory, driven by the difficulty of getting truly Indigenous knowledge in press in mainstream academic journals. For now, authorship is restricted because of the exploratory nature of the medium, but it is hoped that as the process develops it will be possible to accept submissions from the larger community of persons — regardless of their ethnicity or culture of birth — who genuinely seek to acquire knowledge and understanding through relationship to the Land, and who integrate many different ways of learning and knowing to process that understanding into something that can be shared with others.

VOLUME 2. 2016

Volume 2, Number 1b: In Service to the Land: Indigenous Research Methods in the Natural Sciences. October 29, 2016.

Volume 2, Number 1a: In Service to the Land: Indigenous Research Methods in the Natural Sciences (Abridged). October 24, 2016.

VOLUME 1. 2015.

Volume 1, Number 3: The Mythic Roots of Western Culture’s Alienation from Nature. July 31, 2015.

Volume 1, Number 2: Assessment as Acculturation: Procrustes in the Land Between the Mountain and the Sea. May 18, 2015.

Volume 1, Number 1: Of pipelines and rivers: science and Indigenous ways. January 29, 2015.