The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #9/2011

Circumpolar Indigenous Issues, Knowledge, Relations to Education, Science and Mathematics

Bharath Sriraman, The University of Montana

Anne Birgitte Fyhn, University of Tromsø, Norway


The articles in the special issue of vol.42, no. 2, 2011 of Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education (Springer, in press) capture an essence of educational initiatives in the circumpolar regions in question and bring Inuit, Yup’ik, Athabaskan, and Sámi voices into the fray. The concluding article is a synthesis that tackles the notions of “indigenous” as stipulated by the U.N versus the reality inherent in how the term is interpreted in a world carved by nation-states and vested interests. The journal issue as whole covers topics that include indigenous knowledge, autonomy, educational policy, cultural preservation and developmental issues. The only voices absent in this issue are from arctic Greenland and Russia.

Keywords: Circumpolar first peoples; Indigenous Issues; Traditional knowledge versus Institutional knowledge; Geopolitics; Mathematics; Science

AMS Subject Classification: 97

Preprint of articles to appear in Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, vol. 42 (Springer) Pdf (37 KB)