THREAD: Sharing of traditional knowledge on social media

Disclaimer: These are just my thoughts as someone who actively engages with people in academia here in the U.K. regarding the use of Indigenous Fijian traditional knowledge and the use/misuse of it within academia 1/6
Firstly, I love that those of us who utilise social media platforms are using it to share knowledge with each other, strengthen kinship, establish kinship relationships and also correct each other when the opportunity arises or challenge views also but in a respectful manner 2/6
However, if it’s one thing I’ve learnt from my own research work & also engaging with academic scholars here in the U.K. is that we have to be so careful with what we share and how we share it. Whilst those of us from Indigenous Fijian heritage may understand the context ... 3/6
... it is being shared in, trust & believe, when I say that we arm those who may not have spent the time to understand the nuances & the intricate layers that our Indigenous Fijian heritage consists of & in fact do more damage to how they view us when we throw it out there. 4/6
I’m not saying to withhold from sharing your knowledge, in actual fact share it and correct if you must, but also remember there are those who hover on the fringes waiting to mine your knowledge without understanding the context it is being shared in...5/6
... they are waiting to use it to justify their worldview about Indigenous cultures being primitive or trying to pin whatever negative connotation they might have towards our indigenous heritage. Be intentional with how you share your knowledge and know your audience. END 6/6

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