Decolonizing Methodologies. Research and I ndigenous P eoples. Introduction. The term research is one of the ‘dirtiest’ words in the indigenous world’s vocabulary It is linked to European imperialism and colonialism
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Research and Indigenous Peoples
“To acquiesce is to lose ourselves entirely and implicitly agree with all that has been said about us. To resist is to retrench the margins, retrieve what we were and remake ourselves. The past, our stories local and global, the present, our communities, cultures, languages and social practices –a all may be spaces of marginalization, but they have also become spaces of resistance and hope.” (4)
“I would argue that ‘we’, idigenous peoples , people of ‘colour’, the Other, however we are named, have a presence in the Western imagination, in its fibre and texture, in its sense of itself, in its language, in its silences and shadows, its margins and intersections.” (14)
Smith argues that the pricess of disseminating hte knowledge also nees to be culturally sensitive and appropriate- to ensure that the research reaches the people who helped to make it! (15)
in particular #12 (p150-151) on “representing” and #18 (p.156) on democraticizing