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Message 1: And I, In My Turn, Will Pass It On: Murphy

Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 17:28:04 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: And I, In My Turn, Will Pass It On: Murphy


Title: And I, In My Turn, Will Pass It On
Subtitle: Knowledge Transmission Among The Kayapo
Series Title: Publications in Language Use and Education 

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	SIL International 

Author: Isabel Murphy 

Paperback: ISBN: 1556711557, Pages: 234, Price: U.S. $29.00 


Brazil's constitution guarantees the indigenous population the right
to education in their mother tongue and according to their knowledge
transmission patterns. Few studies exist on truly indigenous methods
of knowledge transmission among Brazil's ethnic minorities. This
study provides an in-depth description of Kayapo knowledge
transmission. It bridges the disciplines of education and
anthropology and expands our knowledge of indigenous processes of

The Kayapo, whose language is a member of the Ge family, are one of
the major Amerindian societies remaining in the Brazilian Amazon
region. They have a strong sense of identity, tradition, culture, and
ethnic pride. The major purpose of this book is to show how they
conceptualize and transmit their knowledge. Their education is
learner-initiated, designed to transform a nonsocial being into a
socialized Kayapo "beautiful" person. The Kayapo knowledge paradigm
is shown to be global, context-dependent, integrative , and holistic.

Isabel Murphy worked for more than twenty years in Brazil in the field
of literacy among indigenous peoples. She based this case study on
her eleven months of fieldwork in a Kayapo village, augmented by her
extensive experience in literacy. She received her Ph.D in 1992 in
Educational Anthropology.

Lingfield(s):	Applied Linguistics
		Language Acquisition
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG) 

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