Designers working to decolonize the fashion space use the metaphor in language surrounding their brand and actually doing the work, so we asked Puyallup designer and activist Korina Emmerich what she thinks of trademarking this word. “Within our own Indigenous communities we need to take accountability as our internal protocols are set in place to create a balance of power and respect,” she says. “So creating this idea of ‘ownership’ over something that should belong to the community, to the people, to our people, and seeing [those] two little letters, ™, next to a word like decolonize, it is triggering.”

In her executive summary “Indigenous, Traditional Knowledge, Intellectual Property,” Jane Anderson, Ph.D. wrote: “While the value of Indigenous knowledge has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, there is not yet an international consensus about how Indigenous…

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