Glossary of Terms and Definitions

Glossary Term: Kihci-anihsinapek, Old Ones, Lifespeakers, Elders


this term can have many meanings; generally a Kihci-anihsinapek, LifeSpeaker, Old One, or Elder is understood to be someone who is recognized by the community to have specific knowledge about the customs, ceremonies, languages, traditions, histories and ways of knowing of local Indigenous peoples. They serve higher education as guides, teachers, experts, and counselors but their work is not limited only to these tasks. Please ask and use the preferred title provided by your invited guest.
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