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Fourth World Eye

Artby - Randolph Bowers

  • 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… more

  • The Cultural Vortex of Modernity

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    Many commentators including Indigenous scholars have continually raised the issues that settler-invader societies in Australia, Canada, the USA, and other synthetic nation states built on the backs of native people and their lands are culturally troubled. Many have called this trouble the postmodern era, expressive of a meaningful vortex – the absence of morality, connection,… more

  • Identity, prejudice and healing

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    The work of Professor Judy Atkinson in Australia has moved forward a scholarship and practice around what she has called ‘educaring’ as a distinctly Indigenous approach to what may be thought of as a combination of education, therapy, counselling, and community-based social work. The latter constructs are easily identified from mainstream systems that have evolved… more

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  • Wholistic Medicine

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    While the dominant discourse relies on codes and categories that separate for ease of analysis, Indigenous models of knowing rely on awareness of the whole. This awareness is spoken through stories, teachings, and medicines that are interwoven in the language, meaning, and spiritual life of the People. This awareness is lived and known, interacted with… more

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