kistikwânihk êsko kitêhk: Storying Holistic Understandings in Education


  • Jodi Marie Latremouille University of Calgary
  • Antonella Bell University of Alberta
  • Zahra Kasamali University of Alberta
  • Mandy Krahn University of Alberta
  • Lesley Tait University of Alberta
  • Dwayne Donald University of Alberta



holistic education, place-based education, indigenous education, life writing, métissage, contemplative pedagogy


Learning alongside Dr. Dwayne Donald and Elder Bob Cardinal in a Holistic Understandings of Learning class held in Fall 2014 on Enoch Cree Nation evoked different ways of living well and wisely in the world. This course created a sacred place for the “four-part person” (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual) to emerge, as we learned to pay deeper attention to the interconnectivity of creation in our educational practices. This multimedia métissage (Hasebe-Ludt, Chambers, & Leggo, 2009) combines life writing, readers’ theatre, and visual representations, weaving together our embodied responses to Elder Cardinal’s teachings. Each individual’s journey kistikwânihk êsko kitêhk (Cree: from head to heart) maintains its integrity and unique voice as it is intentionally woven into the Cree principles of meskanaw (pathway), miyo waskawewin (to walk in a good way), and the Blackfoot concept of aokakio’siit (being wisely aware).

Author Biography

Jodi Marie Latremouille, University of Calgary

Doctoral student and sessional instructor at the University of Calgary.




How to Cite

Latremouille, J. M., Bell, A., Kasamali, Z., Krahn, M., Tait, L., & Donald, D. (2016). kistikwânihk êsko kitêhk: Storying Holistic Understandings in Education. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 14(1), 8–22.