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Decolonising Mourning: World-Making With the Selk’nam People of Karokynka/Tierra del Fuego
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000 0002 7946 7185
Monash University, Melbourne.
Covadonga Ona, Selk'nam Corporation Chile, Selk'nam indigenous community.
2020 (English)In: Australian feminist studies (Print), ISSN 0816-4649, E-ISSN 1465-3303Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

This article discusses death, mourning and decolonisation, focusing on the Selk’nam of Karokynka/Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Methodologically, it is grounded in feminist experiments of bringing creative and personalized writing into academic scholarship to challenge subject/object-relations, and to generate platforms for affective, world-making intra-actions and undoings of  power. Through collaborative efforts of three differently situated co-authors, using poetic epistolary forms of address, the article unfolds an indigenous centered feminist, decolonial methodology. Along similar lines, the theoretical approach to death and mourning is pluriversal, transgressing Western epistemologies and ontologies. Through letters, addressed to dead and alive, human and non-human key actors in a revitalizing of Selk’nam culture, the article questions ethico-politically in/appropriate ways of mourning the consequences of the necropolitics imposed on the Selk’nam through white colonisation, Western modernity and its colonial matrix of necropower. It is critically addressed how mourning the lost became embedded in colonial discourses of white melancholia and humanism. Moreover combining creative writing methodologies, inspired by feminism, posthumanism, and by indigenous activism and practices of reviving Selk’nam culture, the authors use their different locations to search affirmatively for ways of mourning, which open horizons towards decolonising, cultural revitalising, reclaiming of indigenous rights and philosophies of death and mourning.

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2020.
Keywords [en]
Selk’nam culture; Karokynka; decolonisation of mourning; white melancholia; indigenous centered feminist decolonial methodology; intraaction with the dead; indigenous philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-162001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-162001DiVA, id: diva2:1370592
Available from: 2019-11-15 Created: 2019-11-15 Last updated: 2019-11-15

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