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Bedard, Renee Elizabeth,1977-
An Anishinaabekwe writes history : an alternative understanding of indigenous intellectual and historical traditions.
M.A. -- Trent University, 2004
Ottawa : Library and Archives Canada = Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, [2006]
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Acknowledging that the exclusion of Indigenous intellectual and historical traditions from the disciplinary of history has occurred, this thesis seeks to 'bring' Indigenous structures of 'doing' history (these concepts are Western not Indigenous) and Indigenous understandings of their intellectual historical traditions into the discussion around the writing, researching and editing of literary (written) histories. Identifying and depicting Indigenous ways of 'doing' history as a parallel methodology to Canadian Eurocentric historical traditions, I attempt to decolonize (deconstruct and dismantle) current research on Indigenous peoples by introducing an alternative and inherently 'distinct' way of knowing from an Indigenous intellectual perspective. Recognizing that universalism excludes Indigenous intellectual and historical traditions, this thesis posits both that there are no universal intellectual and historical traditions, and that Indigenous peoples had and continue to have their own 'inherent' intellectual and historical traditions. Finally, I will offer up a perspective of the editorializing processes associated with historical literature written by Indigenous scholars. Thus, I intend this thesis to offer an alternative understanding on how to construct history grounded in Indigenous intellectual and historical traditions. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)