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Decolonizing Indigenous Web Sites
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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Decolonizing methodologies involves a process of acknowledging that indigenous people have been colonized for the purpose of gaining control, a process which continues into modern times in many forms, sometimes blatant and sometimes subtle (Smith, 1999). Colonizers, having gained control, reluctantly acquiesce. In the 21st century, many forms of media continue to be utilized to subjugate Native Americans (Klug & Whitfield, 2003). This research project found that Wikipedia serves as a global portal for people searching “Aleut” a term applied to the descendants of the original inhabitants of the lower Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. Most Internet search engines direct viewers primarily to Wikipedia’s site on Aleuts. This research project conducted a survey to seek responses from over 400 people registered on Aleut-L (an on line list serve) after viewing Wikipedia. Twenty three people responded. Results indicate a need for a stronger indigenous voice in Aleut instructional sites.

Citation

Livingston, M., Strickland, J. & Moulton, S. (2009). Decolonizing Indigenous Web Sites. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 3361-3369). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 25, 2019 from .

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