A Poetic Inquiry Into (Re)Connecting With the Language of the Land: Walking with dįį ndéh


  • Anita Lafferty University of Alberta




Land, matriarch knowledge, pedagogy, poetic inquiry


In this article, I strive to move beyond the pervasiveness of colonial ideologies and intellect, decolonizing my experiences by learning through the physical act of being and doing on the Land, while provocatively listening to the silences. It is through the exploration and ingenuity of poetry that the language and knowledge of my ancestors evolved. Weaving in and out of poetic and storied landscapes, I engage with learning from and with dįį ndéh as the medicine stories of my matriarchs begin to unfold.

Author Biography

Anita Lafferty, University of Alberta

Anita Lafferty, a ts’élî-iskwew, has a PhD from the University of Alberta in Secondary Education. Her research has focused on Indigenous curriculum perspectives on the Land.


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How to Cite

Lafferty, A. (2022). A Poetic Inquiry Into (Re)Connecting With the Language of the Land: Walking with dįį ndéh. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 19(2), 50–63. https://doi.org/10.25071/1916-4467.40711