Engaging With the Messiness of Place in Early Childhood Education and Art Therapy: Exploring Animal Relations, Traditional Hide, and Drum
How place is conceptualized impacts the way everyday moments and relationships unfold. This paper explores possibilities for shifting our practices by engaging with an ethic of doing. Drawing on ecofeminist, nomadic, and Indigenous perspectives, we aim to open up space for more accountable, political practices that acknowledge the diverse realities of the children and youth we work with. We present vignettes from our practices to illustrate possibilities for (re)conceptualizing the deeply embedded, normative colonial assumptions in the places we work, and introduce political, contextual, and messy ways of doing in place.