Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive

Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive

Decolonizing Botanical Anishinaabe Teachings

Book - 2009
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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 this book, 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, went on to earn a doctorate and became 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"--adapted from page 4 of cover and GoogleBooks.
Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780815632047
0815632045
Characteristics: xviii, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Geniusz, Annmarie Fay

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