F20 Black Atlantic: Resources, Pedagogy, and Scholarship on the 18th Century Black Atlantic

A De-colonized Database

Decolonizing Methodology
Linda Tuhiwai Smith

A De-colonized Database
Looking at Smith’s text causes us to contemplate where we center ourselves when we begin to conduct research. That is, who and what are the sources that we trust to provide us with information we are seeking? Smith discusses how terms and definitions, specifically as it relates to Indigenous peoples, can become problematic. This is the result of a variety of factors, some of which include, who is or decides to become the “authority” on a given matter, and the often “default” Western lens from which research “starts.”
            This made me think of a terminology/dictionary/encyclopedia-like database that allows the user to re-center themselves or deliberately choose the context from where they will get their information:


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