Many of the English translations of Indigenous languages that we commonly use today have been handed down from colonial missionaries whose intent was to fundamentally alter or destroy prior Indigenous knowledge and praxis. In this text, author Mark D. Freeland develops a theory of worldview that provides an interrelated logical mooring to shed light on the issues around translating Indigenous languages in and out of colonial languages. In tandem with other linguistic and narrative methods, this theory of worldview can be employed to help root out the reproduction of colonial culture in Indigenous languages and can be a useful addition to the repertoire of tools needed to return to life-giving relationships with our environment. These issues of decolonization are highlighted in the trajectory of treaty language associated with relationships to land and their present-day importance. This book uses the 1836 Treaty of Washington and its contemporary manifestation in Great Lakes fishing rights and the State of Michigan’s 2007 Inland Consent Decree as a means of identifying the role of worldview in deciphering the logics embedded in Anishinaabe thought associated with these relationships to land. A fascinating study for students of Indigenous and linguistic disciplines, this book deftly demonstrates the significance of worldview theory in relation to the logics of decolonization of Indigenous thought and praxis.
Chapter 1. Worldview
Chapter 2. Space
Chapter 3. Time
Chapter 4. Relationships to Life
Chapter 5. A Logic of Balance
“Decolonizing is a process, a self-conscious process that we engage one step at a time. With this book, Mark Freeland has taken a huge step in the direction of a logic of decoloniality. At a theory level, his work on the concept of worldview is groundbreaking and represents a seismic shift in Indigenous discourse.”
—TINK TINKER (wazhazhe/Osage Nation), Professor Emeritus, Iliff School of Theology, and author of American Indian Liberation: A Theology of Sovereignty