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April 2021
Teachers College Press

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Protecting the Promise

Indigenous Education Between Mothers and Their Children
Timothy San Pedro

"Protecting the Promise" is the first book in the Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies Series edited by Django Paris. It features a collection of short stories told in collaboration with five Native families that speaks to the everyday aspects of Indigenous educational resurgence rooted in the intergenerational learning that occurs between mothers and their children.

The author defines "resurgence" as the ongoing actions that recenter Indigenous realities and knowledges, while simultaneously denouncing and healing from the damaging effects of settler colonial systems. By illuminating the potential of such educational resurgence, the book counters deficit paradigms too often placed on Indigenous communities. It also demonstrates the need to include Indigenous Knowledges within the curriculum for both in-school and out-of-school settings. These engaging narratives reframe Indigenous parents as critical and compassionate educators, cultural brokers, and storytellers who are central partners in the education of their children.


Timothy San Pedro earned a PhD in curriculum and instruction (English education) from Arizona State University in 2013.

Praise for this book

“One of my favorite prayers is ‘May we raise our babies with our Indigenous love, rather than our colonial pain.’ The stories in this book feel like that prayer enfleshed with the everydayness of our lives and bear witness to the power of mothers and children.”

Megan Bang
Professor, Northwestern University