- February 2018
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Elements of Indigenous Style
A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples
Elements of Indigenous Style provides guidelines to help writers, editors, and publishers produce material that reflects Indigenous Peoples in an appropriate and respectful manner.
Gregory Younging, a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, has been the managing editor of Theytus Books, the first Indigenous-owned publishing house in Canada, for over 13 years. Elements of Indigenous Style evolved from the house style guide Gregory developed at Theytus in order to ensure content was consistent and respectful.
This guide contains:
- A historical overview of the portrayal of Indigenous Peoples in literature
- Common errors and how to avoid them when writing about Indigenous peoples
- Guidance on working in a culturally sensitive way
- A discussion of problematic and preferred terminology
- Suggestions for editorial guidelines
Table of Contents
1. Why an Indigenous style guide?
2. A history of the portrayal of Indigenous Peoples in literature
3. Contemporary Indigenous cultural realities
4. The cultural rights of Indigenous Peoples
5. Culturally appropriate publishing practices for Indigenous authors and content
7. Specific editorial issues
Appendix A: Summary of Indigenous style principles
Appendix B: Draft principles of the Indigenous Editors Circle
Appendix C: Compilations of names of Indigenous Peoples
Appendix D: Gnaritas Nullius (No One’s Knowledge): the Essence of Traditional Knowledge and Its Colonization through Western Legal Regimes, by Gregory Younging