My Grandfather's Ways: An Introduction to Indigenous Teachings
Allison Green presents her Algonquin Grandfather's way of knowing and illustrates what Drama teachers can do in their classrooms to create an inclusive space through indigenous pedagogy. Indigenous ways of knowing happen naturally as teachers and students gather in Drama classes: they sit in circle together as equals, they tell stories, they watch, they listen, they do and they learning by sharing.
Allison is a storyteller, artist, and teacher. She is the granddaughter of Andy Green, an Algonquin elder of Talon Lake in Northern Ontario Canada. It was with great pride that she was gifted the Anishnabwe name Shinawe Pewanak by elders who felt she earned -- “The One who Rattles the Flint”. Elders saw the passion to pass on her fire through the teaching of young people, new teachers and members of her Indigenous community who have not found their voice.
Allison’s formal theatrical training began at York University, Toronto, in Theatre Production, Stage Management and Design – where she also returned for her Bachelor of Education. Allison’s artistry can be seen in her Indigenous artwork, beading, stage design and painting. She is a published playwright as her script “Anonymous” is available through Theatrefolk and she continues to write, direct and stage productions with high school students. She is currently a secondary school teacher in rural Northern Ontario where she teaches drama, social sciences and Indigenous studies.