The orang utan is not an indigenous name: knowing and naming the maias as a decolonizing epistemology

  title={The orang utan is not an indigenous name: knowing and naming the maias as a decolonizing epistemology},
  author={June Mary Rubis},
  journal={Cultural Studies},
  pages={811 - 830}
ABSTRACT Much of wildlife conservation literature and practices rely on euro-western nomenclature that are legacies of empire. Although seemingly neutral, the practice of (re)naming nature depends on political, philosophical, and social assumptions that encode top-down behaviour and governance in conservation practices. Indigenous communities’ processes of classifying nature are not recognized as valid and, as such, their conservation strategies are made invisible. If Indigenous knowledge is… 

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