Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in Non-Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Institutions
Carron, Tara S.
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Mainstream knowledge systems, classification schemas, and descriptive standards are firmly rooted in Western epistemologies which, more often than not, are inadequate, inappropriate, and inaccurate as methods for naming and describing Indigenous peoples, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Despite this, professionals in the field have been busy creating solutions to these problems by designing innovative tools and bespoke classification systems to serve as theoretical and practical models that can coexist within the larger infrastructures of the standard knowledge systems and technologies most widely used today. This paper offers depth and nuance to complex issues surrounding traditional methods for the description and presentation of cultural material related to native communities and Indigenous knowledge systems; explores the creation of alternative classification standards and metadata schemas; and investigates new digital platforms and tools that help facilitate the meaningful discovery of information for and about Indigenous peoples using both dominant and non-dominant knowledge systems and technologies.