6. Supporting Self-Governance in Hawai`i

Listening to this program was very interesting and informative. I, personally do not know in detail what is happening with the political status of the state of hawaii. I can understand it only from the recent perspective of this class and what I know and can relate to it, from what is happening with Guam’s …

5b. Colonizing Native Americans

Were you previously familiar with the Indian Child Welfare Act? -I heard a little about it about it years ago with a fellow Marine venting about how the Indians on his reservation were treated. He talked about how they had programs and laws to protect his people, yet the state always seems to contradict itself …

5a through my lens

* How do these research methods differ from other research methods you are familiar with? – From an academic perspective which is primarily a western perspective it is the baseline of my conscience knowledge of research methods, which is concise, orderly and objective. Meanwhile, my unconscious knowledge from the perspectives of the cultures I identify …

4a. Breaking Westernized Frameworks

Meyer quotes many other kumu and practitioners in her article – were there any quotes that resonated with you and why? Wasted knowledge is a frivolous kind of thing. There are frivolous things, like, I think all of these talk shows for instance, are frivolous knowledge, [they have] no meaning. (Sonny Kinney, 5 May 1997) …

3b. The Study of Knowledge

How have you learned what you have learned? I have learned what I have learned through the knowledge and experience of others. At the same time allowing myself to create my own knowledge and understanding through trial, error and first hand experience. Where does your knowledge come from? My knowledge comes from oral history and …

3a. Final project planing

The options of this project were all really exciting. I cant help but think of the application of getting people exposed to Guam’s political status options. In just having open conversations with individuals this week on Guam’s political status many people wanted to know the options and benefits of them. In this project I am …

2b. Decolonizing Social Work

How do you experience privilege and power as a social worker? How important is culture in the field/profession of social work? How important are indigenous voices and practices in social work? These were very interesting readings to absorb. I couldn’t help but think about the struggles I faced during my undergraduate studies. In our classes …

Rabbit proof fense: chasing hope.

What is your overall reaction to the film? Did you previously know about the Stolen Generations? Holy Snapple!!! What a movie! I couldn’t help but think, the whole time why have I not seen this movie before. The whole time I am asking myself “was this real?” This side of the worlds history; was revealed …