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Dr. Randolph Bowers

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  • Knowledge is Power but Power Controls Knowledge

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    We might think from a western view that Indigenous peoples in fourth world circumstances need to be empowered, but in reality, we already know what real power is and how it works. Reality is, we are waiting for western cultures to grow up, and to exercise a more spiritual and ethical power-with that is respectful [&hellip... more →

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  • Indigenous knowledge and value

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    Western knowledge is a commodity that is sold only to those who can afford access. Young people today look at the internet and think, of course knowledge is free! Look at the web! But knowledge of any sizable integrity costs. This is true in all societies in one sense. If you seek knowledge from the [&hellip... more →

  • What is knowledge?

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    This is a potent question at a time when Indigenous nations struggle to assert rights to intellectual property. But before we look at the economics and politics of knowledge in the post-colonial context, how about we examine basic assumptions. Western students very often comment: Why do Aboriginal societies restrict knowledge? My comment: What do you [&hellip... more →

  • Sustainable Colonisation…

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    After visiting many old and several very new institutions of learning, as a person trained in the western academe I can use the very tools of western critical social analysis turned back upon the very places that opened my mind to critique of power relations in the first instance. Critical theory suggests that for power [&hellip... more →

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  • Pandora’s Box Reveals Identity

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    Watching the movie Avatar leads to many Indigenous perspectives on many contemporary issues, including the irony of a movie made for mass production and profits that speaks to enduring issues of colonisation, invasion, destruction of ecosystems, and disrespect to land, people, and the creatures who inhabit and make up the consciousness of a PLACE. Not [&hellip... more →

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