The Author

My name is Cheyenne La Vallee. I am a Skwxwú7mesh-Kwakwaka’wakw youth from British Columbia. I have been raised in the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) community of Xwmelch’stn (Capilano) in North Vancouver, but my ancestry also comes from the Kwakwaka’wakw nation on northern Vancouver Island. For the past year, I’ve been working with my brother, sister and other community members to revive our culture, our language and traditions. Specifically the work I’ve been doing involves urban agriculture, community gardens and traditional plant knowledge.

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5 responses to “The Author

  1. Hannah Conrad-Reingold

    In these precious last few minutes that I spent reading your blog posts, and Idzie’s thing with you, I have discovered that we have a significant amount of things in common.
    Said things:
    -We both left school at 13
    -We both read TheOrganicSister
    -We both read I’m Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write
    -We are both making efforts towards decolinization

    And, I have decided, in my 2:37 am suaveness to say “hello”!

    • Hi! Thank you for saying hello. :)

      That’s great to hear we have a few, very important, things in common. I would love to hear more about what you’re doing with decolonization. Do you identify as an unschooler as well? I feel like unschooling is an incredible step towards decolonizing, a step towards reclaiming what is rightfully ours: our life. It’s great to hear someone leaving school to make that stand.

      Cheyenne

  2. Hi Cheyenne! I enjoy reading your blog, and have linked to several of your posts in an essay on the Future of Museums Blog–http://futureofmuseums.blogspot.com/2011/01/unschoolinga-fringe-future-of-education.html. I would be interested to hear your comments on how museums could make their resources more accessible and useful to self-directed learners.

    • Hi Elizabeth, thanks for commenting and linking my blog! The article you was well-thought out and wonderfully written. As for the question, I love museums and have since I was really young. They’ve always represented a rich, nourishment for my slightly obsessive mind when I was younger and brought me into contact with people who understood the subject or topic I was interested in a lot better than I did. As far as making the resources more accessible to self-directed learners, I’ll think about the question and give you a much more thought out response in a few days. It’s an interesting question!

  3. Hannah Conrad-Reingold

    Hello again, Cheyenne!
    I managed to not check your blog again because I was unable to find it.
    1. I am indeed an unschooler
    2. I have been working on learning about my herritage (one that has a woefully high intermarriage rate, a lack of tenacity, and the tendancy to produce soon-to-be-rich-frat-sorority-monsters) and pondering how I can impact (or really just destroy) the school system. Since I was about eight I’ve noticed various inappropriate cultural appropriations (native, especially), and now I make an effort to speak out about them.

    If you’d like to you may email me at conradreingold@gmail.com.

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