Naamitapiikoan: Blackfoot Influences on Abraham Maslow

March 15, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Singhmar Centre for Learning

Contributions of traditional Indigenous knowledge to western ways of knowing

In this important event, NorQuest College is encouraging knowledge sharing and community dialogue with the desired outcome being increased understanding in the name of reconciliation.

Setting the tone will be a special presentation by Ryan Heavy Head on the Blackfoot Influences on American developmental psychologist Abraham Maslow and the Hierarchy of Needs.

Who: NorQuest College staff and students as well as the community are invited
Where: Singhmar Centre for Learning atrium
When: 9:00 am to Noon – Thursday, March 15, 2018

If you would like to attend, you must register here.

About the speaker:

Ryan Heavy Head is a respected First Nations community leader and academic from The Kainai Nation (Blackfoot) in southern Alberta. He is an Iiyaohkiimi, or Beaver Bundle Caretaker, with a master's degree in cultural anthropology. He was the director of Kainai Studies at Red Crow College (2004-2015), and now has a research consulting business focused on traditional knowledge.

Ryan’s presentation offers a story about what led Maslow to embark on his journey to Siksika in 1938 to test his hypothesis that all primates (including humans) formed social hierarchies that were based on relationships of dominance and submission; what happened while he was there, and how it affected both his work and the society from which he belonged. It is a story about Blackfoot influences, research relationships, and some of the fundamental differences between Indigenous and colonizing cultures.

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