Teaching Indigenous Studies
Considering racialized assemblages and the Indigenous educator’s body in tutoring spaces
This paper looks at the experiences associated with teaching Indigenous studies in an Australian university. It employs the concept of racialized assemblages in relation to Indigenous academics and pre-service teachers when teaching about Indigenous students. It also investigates the university’s ethical obligation of teaching in this complex space. In the lecturing and tutoring, the Indigenous educator’s body is ‘raced’ and ‘othered’ within the dominant Western discourses of knowledge production. This paper challenges and disrupts Western epistemic knowledge practices of racializing Indigenous body and supports a praxis of Indigenous humanness for the Indigenous educator.