Speaking truth to power: Indigenous storytelling as an act of living resistance

By Aman Sium & Eric Ritskes, DecolonizationVol 2, No 1 (2013)

In our preparation for this issue, we had particular expectations and beliefs about what it meant to theorize and map out decolonization. We saw decolonization as under theorized and needing more attention. What the authors of this issue reminded us of is that decolonization does not fit the demands and expectations of the Western Euroversity – it is alive and vibrant, being theorized and enacted in Indigenous communities around the globe through practices such as story telling. In this editorial we examine the role that Indigenous storytelling plays as resurgence and insurgence, as Indigenous knowledge production, and as disruptive of Eurocentric, colonial norms of ‘objectivity’ and knowledge. As the authors in this issue explore the specific and located knowledges that work to decolonization, we finish by asking what the role of the reader is in bearing witness to these profound, powerful, and complex articulations of decolonization and Indigenous being.

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One response to “Speaking truth to power: Indigenous storytelling as an act of living resistance

  1. Indigenous people have the most colorful and unique culture in this planet, they have their own marks way back to their ancestor, it is so sad that colonization tried to erase it. Only few people are able to preserve their culture and younger generations wan’t interested of it.

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