Georgina Martin’s Drumming Our Way Home (UBC Press, 2025)

It is with an immense pleasure that this email carries the news and Congratulations regarding the publication of EDST alumna, Dr. Georgina Martin, Drumming Our Way Home: Intergenerational Learning, Teaching, and Indigenous Ways of Knowing, published by UBC Press. 


Based on Dr. Georgina Martin’s PhD Dissertation, the book discusses “what does it mean to be Secwepemc? And how can an autobiographical journey to recover Secwepemc identity inform teaching and learning? Drumming Our Way Home demonstrates how telling, retelling, and re-storying lived experiences not only passes on traditional ways but also opens up a world of culture-based learning.” The book is “an excellent resource for educators, education students, and educational policy makers. It should also be read by scholars and students in Indigenous studies and anthropology. Those in the helping fields of social work and health, education, and sociology will find the narrative of a personal healing journey inspiring and informative.”


Dr. Georgina Martin’s book contains a Foreword by EDST’s Professor Emerita Jo-Ann Archibald, and six chapters elaborating on the drum, drumming and drummer as conceptual metaphors that problematize and critique colonialism, offering a reclaiming of Indigenous knowledge from within the community. Based on ethnographic work, the book introduces the powerful impact of stories and storytelling in terms of the intergenerational transmission of Indigenous values and knowledge to the next generation. The book is complemented with notes, references and an Index.


Dr. Georgina Martin’s book offers an invaluable introduction into contexts of Indigenous reclaiming and field work research. It highlights the power of memories, remembrance and ethnographic work in reclaiming identity and generative community knowledge.


Dr. Georgina Martin “is a professor in the Department of Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies at Vancouver Island University. Prior to her academic career she worked in a range of federal and provincial government departments, serving in roles including Native Program Officer, Community Health Development Officer, Land and Community Coordinator, and Aboriginal Liaison Equity Officer.”


All are encouraged to check the UBC Press site and access the book, purchase it, and/or for those in a position to do so to access its digital version through the UBC Library in due course.


Thank you.