Sitting and Listening: Continuing Conversations About Indigenous Biography

Sitting and Listening: Continuing Conversations About Indigenous Biography sitting and listening : continuing conversations about indigenous biography crystal mckinnon A response to Jordan Wilson, “Gathered Together: Listening to Musqueam Lived Experiences.” Biography 39.3 (Summer 2016): 469–94 To open up a dialogue with Jordan Wilson and his work—as he is a sovereign Musqueam person and speaks from that position—I would like to return this introduction: my name is Crystal McKinnon, and I am an Amangu woman from the Yamatji nation on the west coast of Australia. When I read Wilson’s piece, I was struck with how familiar many of his insights are to my own knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations and communities here in Australia. Though we all have our differing cultural practices and be - liefs and ways of being, reading his article the commonalities are apparent. In this short piece I hope to converse with Wilson’s work, and offer my thoughts and perspective on some of the points he has made about the processes in- volved in Indigenous biography-making, in the spirit of reciprocity, support, and continuing exchanges. Many Indigenous people consciously occupy a space of accountability to their families and wider communities. Wilson positions himself from this space, as a person who http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Sitting and Listening: Continuing Conversations About Indigenous Biography

Biography, Volume 39 (3) – Dec 21, 2016

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sitting and listening : continuing conversations about indigenous biography crystal mckinnon A response to Jordan Wilson, “Gathered Together: Listening to Musqueam Lived Experiences.” Biography 39.3 (Summer 2016): 469–94 To open up a dialogue with Jordan Wilson and his work—as he is a sovereign Musqueam person and speaks from that position—I would like to return this introduction: my name is Crystal McKinnon, and I am an Amangu woman from the Yamatji nation on the west coast of Australia. When I read Wilson’s piece, I was struck with how familiar many of his insights are to my own knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations and communities here in Australia. Though we all have our differing cultural practices and be - liefs and ways of being, reading his article the commonalities are apparent. In this short piece I hope to converse with Wilson’s work, and offer my thoughts and perspective on some of the points he has made about the processes in- volved in Indigenous biography-making, in the spirit of reciprocity, support, and continuing exchanges. Many Indigenous people consciously occupy a space of accountability to their families and wider communities. Wilson positions himself from this space, as a person who

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