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Tapestry Institute - First Occasional Paper

posted 22 Dec 2014, 19:02 by Fiona Cram   [ updated 22 Dec 2014, 19:08 ]

From the Tapestry Institute's Dawn Hill Adams:

The Tapestry Institute Occasional Papers series begins publication in January of 2015. The series offers an alternative means to disseminate knowledge outside the peer-reviewed journal system of Western academia. “Papers” will 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. Details on what is meant by this statement and the story of how 35+ years of personal experience led Tapestry founder Dawn Hill Adams to start this journal series may be found in this blog post. 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.

The first Occasional Paper, 'A Turning Point: Solstice Thoughts on Believing What We Know', can be found here.