Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples

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Brush Education, Mar 1, 2018 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 168 pages

Elements of Indigenous Style offers Indigenous writers and editors—and everyone creating works about Indigenous Peoples—the first published guide to common questions and issues of style and process. Everyone working in words or other media needs to read this important new reference, and to keep it nearby while they’re working.

This guide features:

- Twenty-two succinct style principles.

- Advice on culturally appropriate publishing practices, including how to collaborate with Indigenous Peoples, when and how to seek the advice of Elders, and how to respect Indigenous Oral Traditions and Traditional Knowledge.

- Terminology to use and to avoid.

- Advice on specific editing issues, such as biased language, capitalization, and quoting from historical sources and archives.

- Case studies of projects that illustrate best practices.



1 Why an Indigenous style guide?
2 A history of the portrayal of Indigenous Peoples in literature
3 Contemporary Indigenous cultural realities
4 The cultural rights of Indigenous Peoples
5 Culturally appropriate publishing practices for Indigenous authors and content
6 Terminology
7 Specific editorial issues
Appendix A Summary of Indigenous style principles
Appendix B Draft principles of the Indigenous Editors Circle
Appendix C Compilations of names of Indigenous Peoples
APPENDIX D Gnaritas Nullius No Ones Knowledge The Essence of Traditional Knowledge and Its Colonization through Western Legal Regimes

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About the author (2018)

Gregory Younging, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, was the publisher of Theytus Books, the first Indigenous-owned publishing house in Canada. Elements of Indigenous Style began as the house style Gregory developed at Theytus. Gregory also taught in the Indigenous Studies Program of the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, and he served as assistant director of research to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

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