IHMA Necessary Conversation with Dr. Gregory Cajete on Native Science

Please join IHMA in collaboration with MSR for a Necessary Conversation with Dr. Gregory Cajete on Native Science: A Life Centered View

Please join the International Humanistic Management Association (IHMA) and the Management, Spirituality & Religion (MSR) Division of the Academy of Management (AOM) for a Necessary Conversation with Dr. Gregory Cajete (University of New Mexico; Santa Clara Pueblo) to discuss Native Science as a diverse expression of Indigenous cultures and a life-centered knowledge base.

Date: Friday, November 5

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (ET)

Location: Web conferencing, details will be sent before the event once your RSVP is received.

This Necessary Conversation is sponsored by the Donahue Center for Business Ethics & Social Responsibility in the Manning School of Business at University of Massachusetts Lowell. It is convened in collaboration with the Management, Spirituality & Religion Division of the Academy of Management.

The topic for this Conversation is  Native Science: A Life Centered View


Native philosophy has always been a broad-based ecological philosophy. It is not based on rational thought alone but incorporates to the fullest degree all aspects of interactions of “man in and of nature,” that is, the knowledge and truth gained from interaction of body, mind, soul, and spirit with all aspects of Nature. In process, reflection, and practice, Native science as a subset of Native Philosophy embodies the natural system characteristics of diversity, optimization, cooperation, self-regulation, change, creativity, connectedness, and niche. Ultimately, Native Science in all its diverse expression in Indigenous cultures is a life-centered knowledge base.

About Gregory Cajete:

Dr. Gregory Cajete, is a Native American educator whose work is dedicated to honoring the foundations of Indigenous knowledge in education. Dr. Cajete is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico.

Dr. Cajete is a practicing ceramic, pastel and metal artist. He is extensively involved with art and its application to education. He is also a scholar of herbalism and holistic health. Dr. Cajete also designs culturally-responsive curricula geared to the special needs and learning styles of Native American students.

He worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 21 years. While at the Institute, he served as Dean of the Center for Research and Cultural Exchange, Chair of Native American Studies and Professor of Ethno- Science. He is the former Director of Native American Studies (18 years) at the University of Mexico. He is also an Emeritus Professor in the Division of Language, Literacy and Socio Cultural Studies in the College of Education and the Department of Native American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico. In addition, he has lectured at colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, England, France and Germany.

Dr. Cajete has authored 10 books: “Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education,” (Kivaki Press, 1994); “Ignite the Sparkle: An Indigenous Science Education Curriculum Model”, (Kivaki Press, 1999); “Spirit of the Game: Indigenous Wellsprings (2004),” “A People’s Ecology: Explorations in Sustainable Living,” and “Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence” (Clear Light Publishers, 1999 and 2000). “Critical Neurophilosophy and Indigenous Wisdom,” Don Jacobs (Four Arrows), Gregory Cajete and Jongmin Lee) Sense Publishers, 2010. “Indigenous Community: Teachings of the Seventh Fire,” (Living Justice Press, 2015). Published (Spring2020): Native Minds Rising: Exploring Transformative Indigenous Education and Sacred Journeys: Personal Visions of Indigenous Education (John Charlton Publishers Ltd.). Dr. Cajete also has chapters in 37 other books along with numerous articles and over 300 national and international presentations.

The International Humanistic Management Association (IHMA) Necessary Conversations Global Research Forum is an initiative of the United Nations PRME Working Group on Humanistic Management.