ABSTRACT

I have spent many years contemplating interculturalism, multiculturalism, and multiple identities, long before I was even aware of such terms. I have explored these concepts, terms, and issues with many others, both within and outside my academic life. Here, I offer some of the dialogues which have helped me to understand my identity as a white Appalachian, American Indian, disabled, woman educator, who lives in the United States. A dialogic approach has assisted me to grow in many ways and I suggest this as a tactic for use with one’s students when exploring issues of diversity through visual culture. Knowing oneself and culture makes possible an understanding of the construction of identities whereby students can knowingly explore and create art works.