Last night I learned that 'binayshee' means 'bird' in Ojibwa?Indigenous World View: Humans have responsibility for maintaining harmonious relationship with the natural world, Need for reciprocity between human and natural worlds - resources are viewed as gifts, Universe is made up of dynamic, ever-changing natural forces, Time is circular with natural cycles that sustain all life, Respect for elders is based on their compassion and reconciliation of outer- and inner-directed knowledge, Sense of empathy and kinship with other forms of life.
I'm taking a weekend class on Aboriginal Librarianship, resources and services. So far it's been very interesting. It's not a topic I know much about, or have had much experience with, so I'm being a sponge this weekend and absorbing all the knowledge I can get!
One interesting point put forward was that the Indigenous worldview is different than the Western worldview, and this in turn affects how we present teaching, knowledge and essentially ourselves to Aboriginal communities.
Here are some areas of comparison, as adapted from here:
Western World View: Humans exercise dominion over nature to use it for personal and economic gain, Natural resources are available for unilateral human exploitation, Universe is made up of an array of static physical objects, Time is a linear chronology of "human progress", Respect for others is based on material achievement and chronological old age, Sense of separateness from and superiority over other forms of life.
The west doesn't come out very well. I suppose it's a continuum, and we all subscribe some form of one or a mix of both. I like to think I'm a pretty 'un-western' independent hippy sort of thinker - it's all about sharing the love.