Imagining: Creating spaces for indigenous ontologies

Marisa Elena Duarte, Miranda Belarde-Lewis

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For at least half a century, catalogers have struggled with how to catalog and classify Native American and Indigenous peoples materials in library, archive, and museum collections. Understanding how colonialism works can help those in the field of knowledge organization appreciate the power dynamics embedded in the marginalization of Native American and Indigenous peoples materials through standardization, misnaming, and other practices. The decolonizing methodology of imagining provides one way that knowledge organization practitioners and theorists can acknowledge and discern the possibilities of Indigenous community-based approaches to the development of alternative information structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-702
Number of pages26
JournalCataloging and Classification Quarterly
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Jul 4 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • American Indians
  • Cataloging
  • Classification of knowledge
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Knowledge organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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