Précis Writing #1


In “Indigenous Knowledge and Academic Imperialism,” Vilsoni Hereniko addresses how Pacific history / stories are told through Western eyes and mediums. He describes how the only time he was engaged in history was how his father told it to him through storytelling. Throughout the text, Hereniko shares how Rotuman history is given orally through poems, songs, and stories and through dance. Moreover, he explains why the indigenous way is ignored and minimized in Western education, and he counters with the closeness between literature and history, proving that the interdisciplinary concept is beneficial to all participants because it paints an emotional landscape. Overall, Hereniko addresses outsiders and Pacific Islander scholars regarding who has the right to narrate and what scopes should be considered.

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