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MemberIgnacio Carvajal Regidor

I am a PhD Candidate at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin.   I am interested in Literary and Cultural Studies, Critical Indigenous Studies, and Indigenous Languages. My research focuses on indigenous writing, coloniality, and Mesoamerican literature and civilization. As Indigenous Languages GRA at LLILAS Benson, I have developed Chqeta’maj le qach’ab’al K’iche’! (Let’s learn K’iche’!) The first open resource online course of Maya K’iche’, available at tzij.coerll.utexas.edu.

MemberLaura Maria De Vos

I am an international student from Belgium working on my dissertation in the interdisciplinary fields of Indigenous Studies and American Studies at the University of Washington English department in Seattle. I received my MA in English Literature and Linguistics and my MBA in Cultural Management from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. My research argues that Indigenous ways of knowing offer under-considered analytical tools for reading across the entire terrain of U.S. literature, especially in the second half of the 20th century. I have volunteered with the Quinault Indian Nation Elder program in different capacities since 2014, and am now working specifically on an intergenerational digital oral history project with the Quinault elder program and the Taholah high school. I teach undergraduate courses at the University of Washington in Native American literatures and research methods.

MemberMalea Powell

I am Professor and Chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State University as well as a faculty member in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. I am lead researcher for the Digital Publishing Lab at MSU, director of the Cultural Rhetorics Consortium, editor-in-chief of constellations: a journal of cultural rhetorics, past chair of the CCCC, and editor emerita of SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures. A widely published scholar and poet, my current book project, This Is A Story, examines the continuum of indigenous rhetorical production in North America, from beadwork to alphabetic writing. I am an unenrolled mixed-blood of Indiana Miami, Eastern Shawnee, and Euroamerican ancestry. In my spare time, I hang out with eccentric Native women artists & poets, and do beadwork.  

DepositMathematics in the cultural practices of the Orokam people of Nigeria: Insights into the educational relevance of the i’tche game

Indigenous studies from Nigeria have often highlighted the connection between ordinary children plays and vital science skills and affective behaviours. Apart from random plays and games of children, mathematical connections pervade many cultural activities of local Nigerians. These mathematically relevant cultural activities are seen in festivals, dances, bedtime stories, farm practices, art works, local architectures, and games. This study focused on the I’tche game, a mancala-class board game enjoyed across Africa. The contextual and educational relevance of the I’tche game among the Orokam people of Idoma Land in Nigeria were considered in detail. The expository style of this study unveils captivating opportunities for mathematics education professionals, particularly teachers of the subject at the basic education level in Nigeria, to design augmented pedagogies that incorporate local and culturally relevant games.