Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-30
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr
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Traditional Anishinaabe (Ojibwe or Chippewa) knowledge, like the knowledge systems of indigenous peoples around the world, has long been collected and presented by researchers who were not a part of the culture they observed. The result is a "colonized" version of the knowledge, one that is distorted and trivialized by an ill-suited Eurocentric paradigm of scientific investigation and classification. In Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive, Wendy Makoons Geniusz contrasts the way in which Anishinaabe botanical knowledge is presented in the academic record with how it is preserved in Anishinaabe culture. In doing so she seeks to open a dialogue between the two communities to discuss methods for decolonizing existing texts and to develop innovative approaches for conducting more culturally meaningful research in the future. As an Anishinaabe who grew up in a household practicing traditional medicine and who went on to earn a doctorate and become a professional scholar, Geniusz possesses the authority of someone with a foot firmly planted in each world. Her unique ability to navigate both indigenous and scientific perspectives makes this book an invaluable contribution to the field and enriches our understanding of all native communities.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introduction: Decolonization and Biskaabiiyang Methodologiesp. 1
The Presentation of Botanical Anishinaabe-gikendaasowin in the Written Recordp. 13
Botanical Anishinaabe-gikendaasowin Within Anishinaabe-izhitwaawinp. 51
The Colonization and Decolonization of Anishinaabe-gikendaasowinp. 89
Giizhikaatig miinawaa Wiigwaasi-mitig: A Sample of Decolonized Anishinaabe-gikendaasowinp. 121
Conclusionp. 158
Appendix: Instructions for Working with Giizhikaatig and Wiigwaasi-mitigp. 165
Glossaryp. 189
Referencesp. 197
Indexp. 207
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