Andrea Lynn, Writer
Andrea Lynn, Writer

Gratitude

I acknowledge that I am the Other, a settler scholar in the process of learning how to honor and pay my respects to the Indigenous Peoples on whose homelands I am treading and their connections to the land that preserve, nourish and shape the community I call home.

 

I am grateful to the peoples who care for and call my study site home—a dynamic polar community rich in culture and deeply rooted in local ways of knowing. 

 

In My Research Endeavors:

I seek to accomplish research that does not contribute to imperialism or colonial structures and have situated in decolonization theory alongside meta-bioacoustic theory to stay accountable to decolonizing self, keeping a sharp eye on Arctic political agendas that may diminish the role of Indigenous and local ways of knowing. 

 

Accountability of the Auditor

 

Listening inclusively and entirely is illuminated in postcolonial theory and reflected in decolonizing methodologies. As with any story form, considering the sonic story of a place too narrowly and through particular forms of language that diminish one over another may inadvertently continue to create structures of power through western research paradigms (Smith, 2021) as well as isolate and characterize an individual voice versus interpreting an acoustic habitat in its entirety.

 

I seek ways of knowing that support development of acoustic indices that situate traditional ways of knowing alongside western scholarship.