STAQI #3 (1 Feb 2019)

Annotated Bibliography 3:

Tuhiwai Smith, Linda. “Heritage and Knowledge: Decolonizing the Research Process.”President’s Dream Colloquium on Protecting Indigenous Cultural HeritageSpring 2015, Simon Fraser University, March 25 2015.

At SFU’s Spring 2015 ‘President’s Dream Colloquium on Protecting Indigenous Cultural Heritage’, archaeologist and professor Dr. George P. Nicholas introduces Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith in reference to her seminal text, ‘Decolonizing methodologies: Indigenous Research and Peoples’ by remarking, “what is so important about this volume, is that it changed the discourse. It forced us, it forced researchers and others around the world to shift their thinking from research on Indigenous Peoples to research with, for and by Indigenous Peoples, and that really marked a sea-change; we’re still surfing on those waves”.

In this engaging address, Smith highlights the importance of preserving the Maori location (of knowledge), language, identity and culture as a decolonizing lens. By using personal photographs and anecdotal references (opposed to diagrams and charts), Smith’s eloquent epistemic decolonizing positionality is a resounding echo for the aggrieved Maori in the preservation of their Indigeneity by reclaiming Indigenous agency as a vital knowledge resource. Smith’s rhetoric in “making space for an Indigenous way for understanding the world” forces the viewer to extrapolate “beginning thinking through Indigenous knowledge and thinking what it means to reclaim, to revitalize, to regenerate and to reconstruct knowledge”, the Maori way.



Turner, Michael “Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools.” Reviews, Canadian Art, Nov 22 2013.