we're still flying

i have only just discovered who i am and where i'm coming from

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The finer details of how Western scientists might name themselves are irrelevant to indigenous peoples who have experienced unrelenting research of a profoundly exploitative nature. From an indigenous perspective Western research is more than just research that is located in a postivist tradition. It is research which brings to bear, on any study of indigenous peoples, a cultural orientation, a set of values, a different conceptualization of such things as time, space and subjectivity, different and competing theories of knowledge, highly specialized forms of language, and structures of power.
Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Maori) (1999: 42), from Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (via fralusans-ana-marein)