Indigenous Literacies in Literacy Studies

Authored by: Menezes de Souza Lynn Mario T.

The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415816243
eBook ISBN: 9781315717647
Adobe ISBN: 9781317510611

10.4324/9781315717647.ch10

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Abstract

One of the most fundamental issues concerning indigenous literacies is the situatedness of the terms ‘indigenous’ and ‘literacies’. Both terms have been coined and used outside indigenous communities and their communicative practices, but have been largely applied historically and uncritically to certain communities resulting in a series of injustices revolving around terms such as ‘primitive’, ‘illiterate’ and ‘ignorant’ used to depict these communities, their knowledges and their communicative practices.

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