Decolonizing our Minds: Why and How

with Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows),

aka Donald Trent Jacobs, Ph.D., Ed.D.

The “decolonization” movement in the Americas is an effort to recognize and rectify state, educational, and cultural hegemony. It understands how it is based on the original ideology that supported the colonization of Indigenous peoples. It relates to the continuing oppression, inequities, violence, and other disharmonies that affect all of us now as relating to disruption of Indigenous ways of being in the world.


This Indigenous worldview, one that guided us for 99% of human history, has proven to be foundational for relatively peaceful, healthful, and joyful societies, and for sustainable ecological and environmental life systems. With this in mind, decolonization also calls for engaging in worldview reflection.

During this interactive webinar, Four Arrows introduces a metacognitive strategy for engaging in worldview reflection. He also offers answers to our questions about the many challenges facing those who wish to participate in the decolonizing and Indigenizing movement on behalf of future generations.

Formerly Dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College and a tenured Associate Professor of Education at Northern Arizona University, Four Arrows is currently a professor with Fielding Graduate University.  The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) selected him as  one of 27 "Visionaries in Education" for their text, Turning Points, with a Foreword by Alfie Kohn.  Four Arrows has authored or edited 22 books on Indigenous Worldview and numerous papers relating to Indigenous precepts for living and education. His books have been praised by such notables as Vandanna Shiva, Noam Chomsky, Greg Cajete, Daniel Wildcat, John Pilger, Thom Hartmann and Darcia Narvaez.   He is a recipient of  a Martin Springer Institute for Holocaust Studies "Moral Courage Award for his activism in behalf of Indigenous Peoples and sovereignty. Co-editor of the Indigenous section of Sage's new International Handbook for Critical Pedagogieshis  book, Teaching Truly: A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education, was selected as one of the top 20 progressive education books along with Paulo Freire, John Dewey and Neil Postman.  Dr. Michael Fisher wrote a book about his work entitled Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows (2018). Four Arrows and his mustang Brioso were members of the 1996 Olympic Equestrian Endurance Team.  He is also a World Champion "Old Time Piano Player."

He lives with his wife in Mexico in the winter and in British Columbia in the summer. 

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