26-3 Spring 2015 “Global Indigenous Higher Education” Resource Guide

Volume 26, No. 3 - Spring 2015
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The field of world Indigenous higher education remains in a relatively nascent state. Little research has been conducted on the movement and its current development. This is not surprising considering that the World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) was founded in 2002.

Despite this paucity of research, there are some valuable resources for those interested in the history and contours of the movement. Tribal College Journal remains one of the foremost sources for past articles on world Indigenous higher education and it continues to publish articles on the subject as new developments occur. Below are a few such articles, but it is recommended that interested researchers search TCJ’s archives, which are now fully accessible online at pixelright2.com/new-tcj.

Another useful source is WINHEC’s website, win-hec.org. Although the organization updates the site only sporadically, it has posted important documents, position papers, and its founding statements. Researchers can also access the complete archives of the WINHEC Journal via the organization’s website. Published since 2005, this academic, peer-reviewed journal offers an array of articles focusing on global Indigeneity. Rather than post every article published in the journal here, I have included a link to the site where researchers can access each annual volume.

There are, of course, other sources on world Indigenous higher education and related topics not listed in the following research guide. For additional sources, I would recommend consulting the bibliographies or reference lists in many of the entries below.


Abu-Saad, I., & Champagne, D. (2006). Indigenous Education and Empowerment: International Perspectives. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

Ambler, M. (2005). Embracing the World: Indigenous Educators Join Hands to Share Gifts. Tribal College: Journal of American Indian Higher Education 16(4), 18–20.

Barnhardt, R. (1991). Higher Education in the Fourth World. Tribal College: Journal of American Indian Higher Education 3(2), 11–13, 21–26.

Barnhardt, R. (2009). The Implementation of a World Indigenous Accreditation Authority. In L.S. Warner & G.E. Gipp (Eds.), Tradition and Culture in the Millennium: Tribal Colleges and Universities. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Benton, S. (2005). Menominee and Maya: Indigenous Cultures and Their Forests Inspire and Support Each Other. Tribal College: Journal of American Indian Higher Education 17(2), 18–21.

Crum, S. J. (1991). Colleges Before Columbus: Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas Offered Advanced Education Long Before the Arrival of Europeans. Tribal College: Journal of American Indian Higher Education 3(2), 14–17.

Dei, G. J. S. (Ed.) (2011). Indigenous Philosophies and Critical Education: A Reader. New York: Peter Lang.

Des Jarlais, C. W., & Stein, W. J. (2005). Southern Wisdom: Tribal College Faculty Revaluating Traditional Ways of Knowing. Tribal College: Journal of American Indian Higher Education 16(4), 10–15.

Goody, J. (1982). Alternative Paths to Knowledge in Oral and Literate Cultures. In D. Tannen, (Ed.), Spoken and Written Language: Exploring Orality and Literacy. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

Heber, R. W. (Ed.) (2009). Indigenous Education: Pacific Nations. Regina, SK: Centre for International Academic Exchange First Nations University of Canada.

Jacob, W. J., Lee, C. W., Wehrheim, N., Gökbel, V., Dumba, J. D. C., Lu, X., & Yin, S. (2013). An Organisational Analysis of the World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium. Retrieved from http://www.academia.edu/6758149/An_Organisational_Analysis_of_the_World_Indigenous_Nations_Higher_Education_Consortium

Jacob, W. J., Lee, C. W., Wehrheim, N., Gökbel, V., Dumba, J. D. C., Lu, X. L., & Yin, S. J. (2013). Mapping Indigenous Paradigms, Research, and Practice in the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. Taiwan Journal of Indigenous Studies 6(1), 1–61. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/davidcheweilee/jacobetal-2013-tjois61161winhec

Jacob, W. J., Liu, J., & Lee, C. W. (2014). Policy Debates and Indigenous Education: The Trialectic of Language, Culture, and Identity. In W. J. Jacob, S. Y. Cheng, & M. K. Porter (Eds.),  Indigenous Education: Language, Culture, and Identity. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Kovach, M. (2009). Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto.

McGovern, S. (1999). Education, Modern Development, and Indigenous Knowledge: An Analysis of Academic Knowledge Production. New York, NY and London, UK: Garland.

United Nations. (2008). United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf

Wilson, W. H. (1991). Hawaiian Goes Home: The University of Hawai’i Helps Return the Traditional Language of the Islands to Everyday Use. Tribal College: Journal of American Indian Higher Education 3(2), 8–10.

World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. (2002). Declaration on Indigenous Peoples Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.win-hec.org/files/WINHEC%20charter.pdf

World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. (2005–2012). WINHEC Journal. Retrieved from http://win-hec.org/?page_id=136

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. (1999). The Coolangatta Statement on Indigenous Rights in Education. Journal of American Indian Education 39(1). Retrieved from http://jaie.asu.edu/v39/V39I1A4.pdf

Bradley Shreve, Ph.D., is managing editor of Tribal College Journal.

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