Indigenous Activism and the Healing Power of Storytelling

Deborah Saidero (Universitá degli Studi di Udine)

Abstract

Nelle culture orali dei popoli indigeni lo storytelling svolge un prominente ruolo epistemologico, pedagogico e terapeutico assicurando sia la trasmissione del sapere ancestrale che le interrelazioni comunitarie. Il saggio esamina come le scrittrici indigene nord-americane Jeanette Armstrong e Lee Maracle incorporano le tradizioni orali dei loro popoli nei loro romanzi con l’intento attivista di promuovere la decolonizzazione dell’ideologia patriarcale e spronare l’umanità ad abbracciare un’etica di ‘ecologia relazionale’ che ristabilisca il rispetto per la Madre Terra. Le loro storie possono aiutare il pubblico indigeno e non ad intraprendere un processo collettivo di guarigione dalle molteplici forme di violenza coloniale.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-194

Parole chiave: Indigenous women, storytelling, healing, J. Armstrong, L. Maracle.

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