Molly Bigknife Antonio
Molly Bigknife Antonio (Shawnee, Delaware, Cherokee, Irish, English) has been working with youth in outdoor settings for over two decades. She advises and teaches undergraduate students pursuing environmental studies, sustainability, and adventure education, and teaches graduate courses based in Indigenous ways of knowing.
In addition to teaching for Prescott College, she is the co-founder, board member, and executive director of the youth-based non-profit organization, Pollen Circles, Inc. The mission of Pollen Circles is to promote Indigenous wellness culturally, individually, and collectively using traditional, creative, and environmental-based experiential learning activities and projects. Activities are intended to strengthen cultural knowledge/skills locally, inter-tribally and multi-culturally, bringing awareness and solutions to environmental and cultural issues, while nurturing one's health, creativity, and self-awareness. Through the facilitation of these activities Pollen Circles weaves together the Navajo (Diné) components of the holistic self – emotional being, mental being, physical being, and spiritual being with holistic wellness, internally and externally, as an intended outcome.
Molly received her Ph.D. in Sustainability Education from Prescott College in 2019 and her M.A. in Adventure Education with Indigenous Studies emphasis from Prescott College in 2006. She received her B.A. from the University of Arizona: Arizona International College in 2004 and her A.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1993.
Bigknife Antonio, M. (2019). "Sitting to my loom": Weaving sustainability through Navajo kincentric wisdom (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. (UMI No. 13883831)
Bigknife Antonio, M. (2017). Navajo youth: Cultivating healthy relationships through traditional reciprocity. In J. M. Canty (Ed.), Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women's Voices, (pp. 143-162). New York, NY: Routledge.
Bigknife Antonio, M. (2006). Creating an Indigenous experiential learning model (Master’s thesis). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. (UMI No. 1456710)