Professor 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. He has served as a New Mexico Humanities scholar in ethnobotany of Northern New Mexico and as a member of the New Mexico Arts Commission. 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 ethnoscience. He organized and directed the First and Second Annual National Native American Very Special Arts Festival held in Santa Fe, NM in 1991 and Albuquerque, NM in 1992.
Currently, he is Director of Native American Studies and Associate Professor in the Division of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Cajete earned his BA from New Mexico Highlands University in Biology and Sociology and his MA from the University of New Mexico in Adult and Secondary Education. He hols a PhD from the International College – Los Angeles New Philosophy Program in Social Science Education with an emphasis on Native American Studies.
Dr. Cajete is the author of five 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); A People’s Ecology: Explorations in Sustainable Living (Clear Light Publishers, 1999); Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence (Clear Light Publishers, 2000); and Spirit of the Game: Indigenous Wellsprings (Kivaki Press, 2005).