Uumasuusivissuaq: Spirit and Indigenous Writing

Karla Jessen Williamson


The scholarship on Indigenous peoples is deeply steeped in colonization and often assumes a Western perspective. I start this article with my poetry as a female kalaaleq (Inuk from Greenland) poet. I contextualize my writing through discussions on praxis and new knowledge creation through poetry. In this article, I argue for a process of decolonization of written, academic knowledge on Indigenous peoples by inviting Indigenous writers to consider writing in poetry form, which comes from giftedness of inner soul-namely the spirit.

Keywords: epistemology; narrative; Inuit worldview; decolonization; praxis


Epistemology, narrative, Inuit worldview, decolonization, praxis

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