Dancing With A Ghost: Exploring Indian Reality

Dancing with a ghostSubmitted by Damian Cooper

My second recommendation is not an “assessment” book but one which has proven most helpful in my work with First Nations educators in BC. The book is “Dancing with a Ghost: Exploring Aboriginal Reality” by Rupert Ross. Ross has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Kenora since 1985. This book has helped me understand almost all of the challenges I have faced in working with aboriginal groups: lack of immediate response, lack of eye contact, reluctance to offer input, reluctance to “try new things” …. Ross explores aboriginal values, beliefs, history, tradition, and culture as a way to help non-aboriginals understand these challenges. As the back cover notes indicate, “ … traditional perspectives have a great deal to offer modern-day Canada ….”

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