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Welcome to the Pachaysana Blog. We open this space to further the dialogue on many themes related to our work in community development and international education. We will post 1 or 2 times a month and would love to hear your thoughts, so please reply and offer comments or questions.

 

We also seek out guest bloggers. Please let us know if you would like to write about any of our themes: community development, international education, arts and social justice, alternative forms of education, fair trade learning, decolonial education, cultural identity, among others.

The views expressed in our blog are those of Pachaysana and our writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or identities of our partner communities and organizations.

Re-storying Metaphors as Decolonization

This blog post was originally published by one of our partner organizations, Counterpoint: Navigating Knowledge, on 28 July 2020 and can be found here. In their seminal article, “Decolonization is not a metaphor,” Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang speak to many of us who read this blog, calling for activist scholars, educators, and organizers to reconsider adopting the words “decolonizing” and “decolonization” in their vital work in social justice. Their argument is sound: decolonization is about the “repatriation of Indigenous land and life” (p. 21), and any efforts that use the words for other means, no matter the intentions, re-center whiteness in the activism. Their words have never resonated w

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