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Lands of Fire and Ice: From Hi-Story to History in the Lands of Fire and Ice—Our Stories and Embodiment as Indigenous in a Colonised Hemisphere
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research. (Technoscience)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2820-0584
University of Adelaide.
2014 (English)In: Ngapartji Ngapartji / In turn, in turn: Ego-histoire, Europe and Indigenous Australia / [ed] Vanessa Castejon, Anna Cole, Oliver Haag and Karen Hughes, Canberra, Australia: ANU Press , 2014, 241-257 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article brings together two Indigenous scholars who have come to better know their Indigenous history as they story it alongside their work as historians and academics. We find that the historical landscape changes when family history is better understood: time and space become embodied, history becomes personal. Sámi scholar May-Britt Öhman speaks of singing to the hillside in a ‘Sound of Music’ style, and then feeling forced to break out of song and into yoik.1 Similarly, Aboriginal Australian scholar Frances Wyld writes about her connection to land and family history, including a visit to desert Australia where she no longer saw a world of silos, but of solace. Through embodiment comes a new identity, shared and understood. As scholars understanding the power-laden binaries of colonised and coloniser, writing at the intersection of personal and public using ego-histoires, we find shared methodologies to tell stories of the self inhabiting lands of fire and ice. Applying ego-histoire, we argue for a new version of history as academic discipline: a discipline which includes the Indigenous peoples’ embodied vision and experiences; a history discipline which challenges the coloniser’s current Hi-Story, within which Indigenous peoples are made the other, the exotic, primitive and invisible ‘vanishing race’; a history which empowers and strengthens ourselves as scholars and at the same time provides our students (Indigenous as well as non-Indigenous) with a history which takes into account Indigenous peoples visions, experiences and stories.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Canberra, Australia: ANU Press , 2014. 241-257 p.
Keyword [en]
Critical indigenous studies, Sámi, Aboriginal, ego-histoire, history
National Category
Humanities Gender Studies Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-236076ISBN: ISBN 9781925021721 ISBN: ISBN 9781925021738 OAI: diva2:762703
Rivers, Resistance, Resilience: Sustainable futures in Sápmi and in other Indigenous Peoples' Territories
Formas, 2012-1845Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-11-12 Created: 2014-11-12 Last updated: 2014-11-18Bibliographically approved

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