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VIOLA CORDOVA – If you speak for me you rob me of my voice

How It Is:  The Native American Philosophy of V.F. Cordova, edited by Kathleen Dean Moore, Kurt Peters, Ted Jojola, and Amber Lacy, The University of Arizona Press, 2007, p.42

“As I was growing up, I confronted the fact that there were different expectations or actions concerning many issues.  My relatives described such contrary expectations by explaining that “they,” meaning the “white man,” “had a different idea about that…”  The “ideas” involved definitions, descriptions, and even attitudes about human beings and the world.  My question became, “Where do those ideas come from?”  The view that ideas had origins led me to philosophy.  Philosophy, I thought, was uniquely prepared to deal with questions about origins of ideas and concepts…” FOR MORE



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