Abstract

This article advocates for the centering of Indigenous epistemologies within this journal and cultural studies more broadly. If Rhetoric, Politics & Culture is to in some form deny the structure it operates within as part of its anti-racist, decolonial efforts, I contend it must speak with and to a reaffirmation and restoration of the sovereignty of knowledges and wisdoms that colonization and Western academic practices have suppressed. To do so, I encourage it to develop a voice of honor, one that is formed through intentionally learning from the First Nations practice and ethic of protocol. I argue for protocol as a resistive act of scholarship and maintain hope that positing its logics of honor, humility, and action might contribute toward justice within an Indigenous decolonial framework.

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